• Robert Ellis Silberstein is an American music executive and businessman who was married to Diana Ross
• He was born on 5 January 1946 in Elberon, New Jersey and graduated from West Virginia University
• He managed artists such as Billy Preston, Chaka Khan, Rufus, Diana Ross, Ronnie Wood, and Status Quo in the 70s
• Robert and Diana divorced in 1977, but remained good friends and raised their children together
• His net worth is estimated to be around $50 million as of early 2022
Who is Robert Ellis Silberstein?
Robert is an American music executive and businessman, who has worked with such musicians as Diana Ross, Ronnie Wood, Meat Loaf, and others, but he is perhaps best known to the world as the ex-husband of singer and actress Diana Ross.
Robert Ellis Silberstein Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education
Robert Ellis Silberstein was born on 5 January 1946 under the Capricorn zodiac sign, in Elberon, New Jersey USA, the son of Jewish garment manufacturers. After high school, he graduated from West Virginia University, tried himself as a teacher at the same high school he attended, however, he realized that teaching wasn’t his vocation.
Interested in music, Robert launched a career as a music manager, and in the ‘70s he had such artists as Billy Preston, Chaka Khan, Rufus, Diana Ross, Ronnie Wood and Status Quo under his management.
Popularity Through Marriage
Robert met Diana by chance while both were at a gift shop. Diana was looking for something to buy for her partner, Berry Gordy, but was stunned at the first sight by Robert’s looks. She asked for advice from Robert for a gift for Berry, who was actually Robert’s close friend. However, a romance developed between the two, though Diana was already pregnant with her and Gordy’s child, Rhonda.
The two eventually married in 1971 and Robert raised Rhonda as his own daughter, despite knowing that he wasn’t her biological father; he only told her that Berry was her father when she was 13 years old. Robert and Diana welcomed two children together, Tracee and Chudney. During their marriage, both Robert and Diana enjoyed success in their respective career, especially Diana, who became an international star. Thanks to his wife’s popularity, Robert was the hot topic of the media, while his career was also on the rise. In addition to managing music stars, he entered the real estate business rather successfully, which only further increased his popularity, and fortune.
Life After Divorce
Although they strived in their professional lives, Robert and Diana encountered problems on a personal level, which led to their divorce in 1977. Despite the divorce, they remained good friends, and raised their children together. Since then, Diana has remarried and divorced again, and had several other relationships, while there is no information about Robert’s ensuing love life. According to sources, he is probably single, and now enjoying his retirement in New York.
As of early 2022, Robert Ellis Silberstein’s Net Worth has been estimated to be around $50 million, earned through his successful career in management of celebrities.
Appearance and Vital Statistics
The prominent businessman and music executive has grey hair and brown eyes. He stands at a height of 5ft 8 ½ins (1.74m), while he weighs approximately 165lbs (75kgs). His vital statistics are unknown, while he has an average figure.
Robert Ellis Silberstein Ex-Wife Diana Ross Biography
Born Diana Ernestine Early Ross on 26 March 1944, in Detroit, Michigan USA, she’s the daughter of Ernestine and Fred Ross, and grew up in Detroit with her five siblings, two sisters and three brothers, but spend some time in Bessemer, Alabama, living with her maternal grandparents, while her mother battled tuberculosis.
She graduated from Cass Tech in January 1962, but her interest in music prevailed as she first sang at a church choir and later became a member of the Primettes. They eventually changed their name to The Supremes becoming one of the successful so-called Motown acts of the time, with the line-up consisting of Ross, Mary Wilson, Florence Ballard and Barbara Martin. The group changed line-up several times during the ‘60s, but it brought Diana national acclaim; in the late ‘60s, she started a solo career.
Her self-titled debut studio album in 1970 achieved gold status, and spawned such hits as “Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand)”, “You’re All I Need to Get By”, then “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, and “These Things Will Keep Me Loving You”, among others.Since then, Ross has released another 24 studio albums, including “Diana” in 1980, which achieved platinum status, followed the following year by “Why Do Fools Fall in Love”, which also achieved platinum status, then “Ross” (1993), “Every Day Is a New Day” (1999), “I Love You” (2006), and most recently “Thank You” (2021). Some of her most popular songs include “Touch Me In the Morning”, “Upside Down”, “Endless Love” which is a duet with Lionel Richie, “Mirror, Mirror”, and “Missing You”, among many others.
In addition to her successful music career, Diana is an acclaimed actress, and has appeared in such films as “Lady Sings the Blues” in 1972, about jazz singer Billie Holiday, then the romantic drama film “Mahogany” (1975), which was directed by Berry Gordy, about a struggling fashion design student Tracy Chambers who goes on to become a prominent designer in Rome. Her latest appearance was in the film “Double Platinum” in 1999. According to sources, Diana Ross’s net worth has been estimated to be around $250 million, as of early 2022, earned through her successful dual career.
Ross was married to Norwegian shipping magnate Arne Næss Jr. from 1985 until 2000, with whom he has two sons – Ross Arne and Evan Olav. Diana was arrested for driving under the influence in December 2002 in Tucson, Arizona. At the time, she was a part of the substance abuse treatment program at a local rehabilitation facility, and served a two-day sentence near her Connecticut estate. She has influenced numerous artists, including Beyonce, Madonna and Michael Jackson among many others.