Robert Ellis Silberstein is a prominent American music manager and business tycoon famed as the ex-husband of American iconic singer Diana Ross. During his active years in the 1970s, he was Dianas’ music manager as well as other notable artists in the industry at the time.

Some of his popular clients include music artist Rufus, singer Michael Lee Aday (also known as Meat Loaf), English rock singer Ronnie Wood, R&B star Billy Preston and American recording artist Chaka, English rock band Status Quo, and many others.

Below is the profile of the music executive and other interesting facts you need to know about him.

Robert Ellis Silberstein – Biography

The renowned American business mogul was born on January 5, 1946, in Elberon, New Jersey and was raised in a wealthy family famed for manufacturing Jewish garment. Ellis attended West Virginia University. Shortly after his graduation, he got a teaching job but he reportedly left the job after an argument with his boss.

The music executive is yet to reveal the names of his parents, siblings, and family members. Similarly, there’s no information about his early life and what his childhood looked like.

His Net worth

The music executive’s net worth could be under review at the moment, as there’s little information about his fortune and how he amassed it. It is believed that he boasts an impressive net worth, considering the years he put in in the industry and the caliber of people he managed their music. However, Diana Ross’ fortune is valued at $250 million.

Is he Married? – Wife and Children

Although Robert Ellis Silberstein boasts a successful career both in business and in the entertainment industry, he holds a record as one of Hollywood’s veterans who had a rocky relationship with their spouses and eventually filed for a divorce.

Ellis’ first open relationship was with iconic American singer, actress, record producer, and songwriter, Diana Ross. The couple’s love story began when they found love in each other’s eyes, which led to them establishing a relationship sometime in November 1970.

After seeing each other and solidifying their intimacy for two months, Silberstein took his relationship with Ross to another level by taking her to the altar. The couple officially exchanged marital vows in the presence of their family, friends, and loved ones in January 1971.

Their first baby arrived one year after their wedding, precisely on 29th October 1972. She was named Tracee Ellis Ross. Ellis and Diana welcomed their second child together in November 1975, and she was named Chudney Lane.

Based on reasons best known to the music executive and his then-famous wife, Ellis and his singer wife called it quits in 1977 but remained best friends. The Elberon-born star’s wife, Diana, is best known as the lead singer of the Supremes, a prominent vocal group signed by Motown – an American recording company. Ross further gained international recognition after she released her eponymous debut solo album in 1970, which was the same year she left the Supremes.

A 12-time Grammy nominee was born on March 26, 1944, in Detroit, to Ernestine Ross (mother) and Fred Ross, Sr. (father). She is the second eldest child of her parents. Her elder sister is Barbara Ross-Lee, one of America’s finest physicians and the first African-American woman to occupy the position of a medical school dean.

Best described as one of the successful female artists in this day and age, Diana Ross’ decades-long career has taken her to so many places and also brought her before royals. The former Motown queen, in 2012, received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and was named the 50th most successful dance artist of all time by Billboard magazine in December 2016.

The former Supremes star has five live albums‎, twenty-four studio albums‎, thirty compilation albums‎, and four soundtrack albums‎ to her name, making her one of the world’s first-rate musician.

Robert Ellis Silberstein is father to Diana Ross’ two children and a step-father to another three kids she had from two other relationships. His biological children are daughters – Tracee Ellis Ross and Chudney Ross.

While the former is a model, television personality, and actress famed for playing the fictional character Joan Clayton in Girlfriends and Dr. Rainbow Johnson in Black-ish, the latter works as a producer and production manager. She is happily married to her longtime boyfriend, Joshua Faulkner, with whom she welcomed a daughter named Callaway Lane, following their wedding in 2015.

Robert Ellis Silberstein
Diana Ross with former husband

Ellis Silberstein, also known as Bobby Ellis, is a loving stepfather to Diana’s other children –  Rhonda Ross Kendrick, Evan Ross Næss, and Ross Næss.

For what it’s worth, Rhonda is actually Diana’s eldest child. She was two months pregnant with her when she wedded Ellis Silberstein. Although the music manager knew Rhonda wasn’t his biological child, he raised her as his own daughter. Rhonda became aware of her real father when she clocked thirteen. Her father is Berry Gordy – a close friend of her family and the founder of Motown company. She used to call Gordy Uncle B.B until he realized he was actually her father.

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Evan Olav Næss (born August 26, 1988) and Ross Næss (born October 7, 1987) came from Ross’ relationship with her second husband, whom she married in 1985 – eight years after her divorce from Ellis was finalized.

Arne Næss Jr., a Norwegian mountaineer, shipping magnate, and businessman, met Diana in 1985, on a trip to the Bahamas. The two divorced in 1999. Born Arne Rudolf Ludvig Raab on December 8, 1937, in Germany, Næss died on January 13, 2004, in South Africa as a result of a climbing accident.

Currently, Robert Ellis Silberstein is not dating. Ever since he separated from his wife, there has never been any report about him dating someone or getting married. He appears to be very comfortable with his life as a divorcee and the amazing love he receives from children.

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