Christopher Burch is the C.E.O and also the founder of Burch Creative Capital. He has participated in the rise of over 50 companies and invested in various industries such as technology, real estate, and fashion. Some of the technology and luxury brands he has contributed to their rise include Jawbone, Voss Water, Faena Hotel + Universe and Poppin. In real estate industry, Chris has invested in the development of luxury homes in New York, Nantucket, Palm Beach, Southampton and Florida. Being a diverse entrepreneur, Chris also co-founded Tory Burch, an expensive fashion brand.
Mr. Burch started his nearly 40-year career in 1976 when he was a business undergraduate student at Itchica College. Together with his brother Bob they founded Eagles Eye Apparel with a capital of $2,000. They later sold the business to Swire Group when it grew to $165 million. After the sale, Chris invested in Internet Capital Group, a famous IPO story in the internet space. Burch has also been a board member of The Continuum Group and Guggenheim Capital. For the full story, check on bjtonline.com.
The philosophy investment of Burch Creative Capital is an expression of Chris’s entrepreneurial values as well as a vision for innovative market opportunities. Some of the company’s brand portfolio include Cocon9, Poppin, ED by Ellen DeGeneres, TRADEMARK and Nihiwatu. Burch Capital is also in support of the development of product brands that range from different industries such as organic foods, apparel & home furnishings, retail, hospitality, and technology. The development will be in the inclusion of Little Duck Organics, Brad’s Raw Foods, Soludos, Chubbies, BaubleBar and Blink Health. For an update of Burch timeline activities, click crunchbase.com.
In 2012, Chris Burch diversified his entrepreneurship even more into the hospitality industry. He partnered with hotelier James McBride to purchase a beach hostel in Sumba Island, Indonesia. They renovated the hotel into a five-star resort at the cost of $30 million and later re-opened it in 2015 as Nihiwatu. Nihiwatu consists of 27 private villas one of them being Raja Mendaka which is Burch’s private home. Raja Mendaka has the main house and four other villas, each holding a private plunge pool.
Nihiwatu resort was voted as the best hotel in the world in 2016 by Travel &Leisure despite it being located on a remote Indonesian island. It offers spa services, wellness centers and ample indoor and outdoor entertaining space. Chris says that he bought Nihiwatu for his children and as a way of giving back to the community. Part of the hotel’s profits is donated to the Sumba Foundation which funds projects to help the Sumba community. The resort is also nicknamed as The Edge of Wilderness. Additional article on architecturaldigest.com.
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