Robert Ellis Silberstein aka Bob Ellis biography

Who is Robert Ellis Silberstein?

Robert Ellis Silberstein is truly a kingmaker. He was the manager of successful artists such as Billy Preston, Diana Ross, the Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood, Rufus, Meat Loaf, and Status Quo. Mr. Bob Ellis discovered their potential and made them a star.

Robert Ellis Silberstein is renowned as Bob Ellis. His father was a businessman. 

Let’s read about Bob Ellis, aka Robert Ellis Silberstein.

Robert Ellis Silberstein biography

Quick Facts

Full nameRobert Ellis Silberstein
NicknameBob Ellis
BirthdayJanuary 5, 1946
Age77 years old
Sun signCapricorn
BirthplaceElberon, New Jersey, U.S.A
Currently residingWeston, CT, USA
ParentsGeorge Silberstein,
Charlotte Silberstein
SiblingsCheryl S Kitson Whitaker
Marital statusDivorced
SpouseDiana Ross (1971-1977)
ChildrenTracee Ellis Ross, 
Chudney Ross, 
Rhonda Ross Kendrick
CollegeWest Virginia University
ProfessionMusic Executive and businessman
Net worthUSD 350 million
Social mediaNone
Height173 meters
Eye colorBlack
Hair ColorBlack

early life

Robert Ellis Silberstein with ex-wife Diana Ross

Robert Ellis Silberstein was born on January 5, 1946, in Elberon, New Jersey, U.S.A., to George Silberstein and Charlotte Silberstein. His parents called him Bob. 

Robert is a Capricorn. A Capricorn man is motivated, ambitious, and a great leader. However, their biggest weakness is their inability to express their emotions.

Additionally, Robert comes from a wealthy and educated family. Robert has one sister. He attended a very reputed high school and completed his education at West Virginia University.

After completing his education, Robert pursued a career as a teacher at the same university. Unfortunately, he had a fallout with the principal, so Robert Ellis Silberstein decided to move to California.

It 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. However, he had a proper work ethic and possessed dedication toward every job he did.

Furthermore, Robert Ellis Silberstein’s perseverance got him to work with reputed stars, eventually leading him to massive success. He is 173 meters tall and has a slim body. Additionally,

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 into 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.

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

 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 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 being involved in any other relationships after his divorce.

Robert Ellis Silberstein career

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 and Ronnie Wood from the Rolling Stones and 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, and 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.

Robert Ellis Silberstein 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, these properties’ valuation has increased his net worth in turn.  


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

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

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

Social Media

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

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

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