Who is Robert Ellis Silberstein?

Everyone runs after diamonds, but no one knows the struggle to get the diamond out of a heap of coal. Celebrities are like those diamonds, and managers and executives are the miners that mine the diamond out of coal. Similarly, one such manager that has created numerous diamonds is Robert Ellis Silberstein. If you have heard the names such as Diana Ross, Meat Loaf, Ronnie Wood, and Billy Preston, you are like any other person with good taste in music. However, it is Mr. Silberstein that found their potential and made them a star.

Making superstars may not give much stardom; nevertheless, it indeed gives a lot of fortune. Therefore, Robert Silberstein is a wealthy and successful man.

So, let us find out more about Robert and find out about his journey towards becoming one of the top music executives of all time. Alongside this, we will also find out about his early life, relationships, and net worth.

Quick Facts

Full nameRobert Ellis Silberstein
Date of birthJanuary 5, 1946
BirthplaceElberon, New Jersey, U.S.A
Known asRobert, Bob Ellis
CollegeWest Virginia University
ProfessionMusic Executive, Businessman
Zodiac signCapricon
Father’s nameN/A
Mother’s nameN/A
Height173 meters
Weight70 kg (Approx.)
Body measurementsN/A
Eye colorBlack
Hair colorBlack
Shoe sizeN/A
Marital statusDivorced
SpouseDiana Ross (Divorced)
ChildrenRhonda Ross Silberstein, Chudney Ross, Evan Olav (step son), Ross Arne (step son)
HobbiesTraveling, reading
Net worthUSD 350 million

early life

Robert Silberstein was born on January 5, 1946, in Elberon, New Jersey, U.S.A. Although nothing much is known about his parents, we know that he is from a prosperous Jewish family involved in garment manufacturing.

Accordingly, Robert lived a happy childhood with his family. Being the only child of his parents, he received all the love and affection from his parents.

Robert Ellis Silberstein with ex-wife Diana Ross

Silberstein got good education as well. He studied in a reputed school which was exclusive to only children from affluent and reputed families.

Furthermore, Silberstein graduated from West Virginia University with top marks; this has always stood out in all of his achievements. Likewise, he got an opportunity to pursue the career of a teacher in the same university.

However, after having a fallout with the principal, Silberstein decided to move to California to have a better job. This ultimately proved to be a wise choice because of the success he got later in his life.

Being ambitious and having money, let’s say, it was relatively easy for Robert to get work in significant places. Nevertheless, he had a proper work ethic and possessed dedication towards every work he did.

Furthermore, Silberstein’s perseverance got him to work with reputed stars, eventually leading him to massive successes.

body measurements  

To be honest, Robert Ellis Silberstein is an average-looking guy. However, it was his persona and attitude that made Diana Ross fall in love with him.

Silberstein is 173 meters tall and has a slim body. Additionally, he has maintained a healthy body even though he is 75 years old. He is estimated to be around 70 kilograms.

Similarly, he has black hair, which matches his black eyes. Nonetheless, his hair has turned grey now due to his old age.


It was love at first sight between Robert Ellis and Diana Ross when they first met. Remarkably, Diana was shopping for a gift for her then-boyfriend Berry Gordy when she first saw Silberstein.

Additionally, Robert advised Ross on what to buy as a gift. Moreover, his demeanor and attitude took Diana in a whirlwind of love.

Robert Ellis Silberstein with his wife, Diana Ross and daughters Tracee, Chudney and Rhonda.

Consequently, Ross left Gordy to be with Silberstein, and the pair married on January 20, 1971.

When they were married, Diana was two months pregnant with Berry Gordy’s child. Nonetheless, Robert Ellis accepted it as his own, and on August 14, 1971, Rhonda Ross Silberstein was born.  Robert is also the legal father of Rhoda, according to California State Law.

 Similarly, the couple gave birth to another daughter, Chudney Ross, on November 29, 1972. His daughters are both currently involved in the entertainment industry.

Unfortunately, Ross and Silberstein split in 1977, after seven years of marriage. However, Robert has maintained a loving relationship with his daughters and his ex-wife.

Additionally, Robert Ellis has two stepsons Evan Olav and Ross Arne, from Ross’s other marriage with Arne Naess Jr. Nonetheless, there are no reports of Robert involved in any other relationships after his divorce.

The career of Robert Ellis Silberstein

Rise to fame

After Robert left his job as a teacher, he came to Los Angeles, California, to do a job that would make him more prosperous and famous. However, with nothing specific in mind, he started to represent musical artists.

Furthermore, it was only when Silberstein began dating Diana Ross that he rose to fame. Ross was in a relationship already before meeting Robert.

However, the pair fell in love and married even though she was pregnant with her ex’s daughter. This congregated a lot of media attention, and soon enough, Robert Ellis Silberstein was a name that almost everyone in the entertainment business knew.

Career as Music Executive

Robert was a busy music manager back in the 1970s. He was managing stars like Billy Preston, Ronnie Wood from the Rolling Stones, as well as singer, songwriter, producer, and actor Michael Lee Aday, also known as Meat Loaf.

However, most evidently, Silberstein was also managing his wife, Diana Ross. Diana, at that time, was a singer, record producer as well as actor.

Additionally, Ross was the lead singer of ‘The Supremes,’ an all-female musical group. The band is still the best charting girl group in the U.S.

Moreover, Robert Ellis associated his name with many artists and bands. He linked himself with Rufus the band and managed Chaka Khan.

net worth

Having a successful career and acquiring property from his late parents, Robert Ellis has a massive net worth. Therefore, the total net worth of the 75-year-old is above USD 350 million.

Robert Ellis Silberstein and Diana Ross

The quantity is an impressive amount of money; however, all that is not from his career as a music manager only. Silberstein has a lot of properties that he brought and kept as assets.

So, the valuation of these properties now has increased his net worth in turn.  


The marriage between Silberstein and Diana Ross became a topic of the town. Additionally, many found the motive of marriage between them, especially from Robert’s side, suspicious.

Nevertheless, after years of marriage and happy family life, all the suspicions and controversies faded away.

Furthermore, Robert Ellis is not involved in any other controversies. He is a successful business person and has maintained such an image throughout his life.

Social Media

Firstly, one should praise Silberstein for how active he is on social media despite his workload and age. However, he was only active on Facebook in recent times.

Nevertheless, it seems he has removed all of his social media accounts for reasons unknown.  

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