Robert Ellis Silberstein – better known as Bob Ellis – is known as a music executive and American businessman, and a former husband of singer Diana Ross, who gave birth to two of her children in her marriage to Robert.
Early life and family
Robert Ellis Silberstein was born on January 5, 1946 in Elberon, New Jersey, USA, in a family of Jewish descent – he is an American national and his zodiac sign is Capricorn. He didn’t tell much about his parents or siblings, except that his father was a wealthy businessman who owned a clothing factory in New Jersey.
After graduating from his local high school in Elberon in 1964, Robert enrolled at West Virginia University, graduating in 1968 with a BA in teaching. He tried to work as a teacher for some time, but eventually got into a dispute with the principal of the school where he worked, and quit teaching.
Robert moved to California after quitting teaching to end up in Los Angeles, befriended Diana Ross (he met her in a clothing store), and began his career as a businessman and executive producer in 1970. He began producing musicians such as Diana Ross , and Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones.
Robert is also known for discovering such talents as Chaka Khan (Yvette Marie Stevens), who was a singer in the American funk music band Rufus, which Robert also led; Chaka Khan received a total of 10 Grammy Awards, half of them for her work in Rufus under the direction of Robert, which produced hits such as “Tell Me Something Good” (1975), “Ain’t Nobody” (1984) and “I’ll Be Alright for you” (1991). Robert also discovered Billy Preston, the late famed gospel singer, instrumentalist and songwriter, who also won two Grammy Awards for his hits.
As of 2020, Robert returned to his Alma Mater to teach.
Personal life, ex-wife Diana Ross
Even though little is known about Robert’s personal life before his marriage to Diana Ross, it’s fair enough to focus on his life with the popular singer.
Robert was married to Diana from 1971 and they lived together for six years and divorced in 1977. Robert was one year younger and 15 years younger than Diana’s previous partner, Berry Gordy, the founder of the Motown music label, which produced The Jacksons 5. the Supremes, Stevie Wonder and many others. Before Diana married Robert, she became pregnant with Berry’s daughter, and Rhonda Ross gave birth to Kendrick right at the start of their marriage. Within a year, Diana gave birth to their daughter, Tracee Ellis Ross. Their second daughter, Chudney Lane Ross Silberstein, was born in 1975. Robert adopted Rhonda, and she didn’t find out until she turned 13, when she saw she didn’t look like her sisters, and asked lots of questions. .
Berry Gordy was a close friend of the family and even shared his thoughts on Robert and Diana’s marriage in his 1976 interview with People: “They sometimes discuss each other’s business problems. But the way to continue that as one of Hollywood’s nicer marriages is that they don’t get involved in each other’s careers,” Berry reflects on Diana and Robert’s relationship. Whether his words were prophetic or the couple had other reasons for separating, Robert still divorced Diana in 1977. They continued a supportive amicable relationship for the sake of their children.
Robert’s ex-wife, Diana Ross
Robert’s ex-wife, the popular American actress and singer Diana Ross, was born on March 26, 1944 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. Her mother, Ernestine Moten Ross, sought to call her Diane, but the clerk who wrote the name in the documents made a mistake, so her name was officially registered as “Diana”, but her family and close friends still call her Diane.
Diana attended Cass Technical High School while simultaneously taking classes in dressmaking, millinery, dress design and pattern making while pursuing her dream of becoming a fashion designer. However, she also found another passion: singing. When Diana was 15 years old, she joined a music band called “The Primettes”; they auditioned for Motown Records but were sent back home to at least enroll in their high school – Diana later returned to the studio to sign the contract. Diana became the lead singer in 1961, when the band was renamed “The Supremes”. They recorded hits such as “When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes” and “Where Did Our Love Go”, which took them to the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
In 1968 Diana started performing solo.
The further successful career of Diana Ross
In 1969 Diana was proclaimed “the discoverer” of the “Jackson 5”, when in fact it was Bobby Taylor who discovered the family band. However, the cover of their first studio album read, “Diana Ross Presents Jackson 5,” and after that, Diana played the role of the second mother to Michael Jackson, as she helped him a lot and inspired his career. Diana recorded 24 studio albums on her own, including hits such as “Diana & Marvin (featuring Marvin Gaye) (1973), “Why Do Fools Fall in Love” (1981) and “Red Hot Rhythm & Blues” (1987). include “Every Day Is a New Day” (1999), “Blue” (2006) and “I Love You” (2006).
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— Ms. Ross (@DianaRoss) April 19, 2020
She received 13 Grammy nominations during her solo career, received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012, and the Academy Awards nominated her for Best Actress for her performance in “Lady Sings the Blues” (1973). In 2016, Diana was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Diana appeared in countless TV shows, talk shows, serials and guest-starred in dozens of movies, proving that she is truly multi-talented. She is known to have inspired singers like Madonna, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey and many others.
Robert’s daughter, Tracee Ellis Ross
Tracee Joy Silberstein, Robert’s eldest biological daughter who is known professionally as Tracee Ellis Ross, was born on October 29, 1972 in Los Angeles, California. A graduate of Brown University, Tracee had vast experience as a model and dreamed of becoming a fashion designer.
However, she then started a career as an actress, appearing in such films as “Far Harbor”, “Broken Silence: A Moment of Truth Movie” and “Daddy’s Little Girls”. She later starred in series like ‘Girlfriends’ (2000 – 2008), ‘Reed Between the Lines’ (2011 – Present) and ‘Mixed-ish’ (2019). -ish” (2014 – 2020), the sitcom about an African American family living in a predominantly white neighborhood with upper middle class families. For her role in “Black-ish”, Tracee was named Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series by the NAACP Image Award in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018; Tracee also won a 2017 Golden Globe Award in the Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy category and has been nominated for dozens of similar awards.
Appearance, clothing style
Robert has silver hair and brown eyes; his height, weight, and vital statistics are currently unavailable. As for his clothing style, he likes to wear casual clothes when he is at home, including plaid shirts and jeans. However, he likes to dress up when he appears on the red carpet, choosing chic suits from Armani and Vivian Westwood.
Wealth and salary
As of 2020, Robert’s net worth is estimated to be approx $50 million. His ex-wife, Diana Ross, whom Robert is still friends with, is said to own a considerable fortune $250 million. It is also worth noting that Robert’s children do not depend on their father’s fortune and earn a lot of money themselves. Tracee Ellis Ross, has a net worth estimated at $16 millionwho gets $200,000 per episode on the series she stars in.