Robert Ellis Silberstein

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Robert Ellis Silberstein
Robert Ellis Silberstein.jpg
Silberstein in 2014
Born (1946-01-05) January 5, 1946 (age 73)
ResidenceNew York City
Los Angeles
Other namesBob Ellis
Diana Ross
(m. 1971; div. 1977)
Children3, including Tracee Ellis Ross

Robert Ellis Silberstein (also known as Bob Ellis; born 1946) is an American music executive and businessman. During his career, he managed many musicians, including Billy Preston, Diana Ross, Rufus, the Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood, Meat Loaf and Status Quo.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Silberstein was born into a wealthy family of Jewish garment manufacturers in Elberon, New Jersey.[2][3][4] He graduated from West Virginia University and tried teaching.

Silberstein was married to Diana Ross from 1971 to 1977.[5] They have two biological children together: Tracee Ellis Ross, and Chudney Ross.[6] He is also close with his former stepdaughter Rhonda Ross Kendrick, who is Ross’ eldest daughter and whose biological father is Motown founder Berry Gordy.

Professional career[edit]

In the 1970s, he managed Diana Ross, the Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood,[5][7] Billy Preston and Chaka Khan whom he discovered while managing Rufus.[8]


  1. ^ "Exes". People Magazine. 27 February 1984.
  2. ^ Windeler, Robert (January 26, 1976). "Mr. & Mrs. Diana Ross?". PEOPLE. Retrieved May 26, 2018.
  3. ^ Miller, Gerri (January 20, 2015). "Tracee Ellis Ross: Black-ish and Jewish". Retrieved May 26, 2018.
  4. ^ "Diana Ross's Daughter Tracee Ellis Ross: Her Time to Shine". PEOPLE. December 15, 2014. Retrieved May 26, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Showbiz Wiz". People Magazine. 15 January 1979.
  6. ^ "Diana Ross plans a four-day wedding spectacular in Hawaii for daughter Chudney". NY Daily News. 26 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Rare Photos of Mick Jagger, Anjelica Huston, and More from the 1970s". Vanity Fair. 9 Oct 2013.
  8. ^ "Throwback Thursday: A Preteen Tracee Ellis Ross Tagged Along with Mom". The Hollywood Reporter. 2 July 2015.