Robert Ellis Silberstein is a familiar name in the music world. Robert is an American music executive and also a successful entrepreneur. He is famous for being the ex-husband of popular singer and record producer Diana Ross. Robert Ellis Silberstein has been a music manager for many celebs in the entertainment world. Moreover, this business tycoon was also his wife’s manager. Robert Ellis Silberstein stepped into this world of entertainment by quitting his teaching job. Apart from his music career, he has always been in the news for marriage with his ex-wife Diana Ross. Let’s find out more about Robert Ellis and his life story.
Early Life of Robert Ellis Silberstein
Bob Ellis is Robert’s pet name. Born on January 5, 1946, to an affluent Jewish family in New Jersey. His family belongs to the garment-manufacturing business. There is not much information on the internet, about his family and childhood life. Robert Ellis Silberstein completed his education at West Virginia University. Rob used to teach in the same university. However, he left his teaching job, owing to a feu with his boss.
His marriage to Diana Ross gave him fame. Rob managed Diana, along with celebs such as Ronnie Wood. Moreover, he also managed Billy Preston and American singer Michael Lee Aday, known by his stage name, “Meat Loaf.” Rock and fun bands like Status Quo and Rufus were also managed under Rob. Soon he became music manager of several high-profile celebrities.
His Relationship with Diana Ross
Very few people like Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson have established their presence in the music industry. Out of these names, one name is hugely popular too. That is Diana Ross. Her charismatic voice made her a legend in the musical field. But Diana was one of the celebrities who struggled to find long-lasting love. Her relationship with Rob was always a talk of the town in the media.
Rob was Diana Ross’s first husband. It was love at first sight for them.
According to a People Magazine article from 1976, Diana and Rob met in a pretty remarkable way. She was shopping for a gift for the man in her life at the time. Noticing Silberstein when she was at a shop, Diana approached him and asked him for his advice on a gift for Berry Gordy.
Diana fantasized about Rob being husband material. Soon the couple started dating and were never alone. On January 20, 1971, they married in the presence of their respective families and friends. Diana was already pregnant with his ex-boyfriend Gordy’s child Silberstein was already aware of this and raised his child Rhonda as his own. Thereafter, the couple gave birth to two children Tracee Joy Silberstein and Chudney Ross.
Sometimes greatest of two people are not meant to be together. Sadly the couple divorced in 1977 after spending 7 years together. The couple continued their friendship for the children’s sake. They are still co-parenting their children. Not much is known about their reason for divorce.