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Christopher Burch, the Great Entrepreneur

Christopher Burch is an entrepreneur who has, since 1979 been a loyal user of American Express Co. cards. Burch this year switched almost all his spending to J.P Morgan Chase & Co.’s Sapphire’s Reserve card. It poses a big challenge to the incoming AmEx Chairman and Chief Executive Stephen Squeri to regain customers like Christopher who, in 2014 made the Forbes list of wealthiest Americans.

Mr. Christopher is the CEO and founder of Burch Creative Capital. He has been an active investor in diverse industries that include; real estate, technology, and fashion nearly for forty years. His contribution and success as an entrepreneur have led to the rise of multiple technologies and luxury brands.

The entrepreneurial success of Christopher began way back in 1976 when still in his undergraduate at Ithaca College, where, with his brother, Bob invested $ 2,000 in starting Eagle’s eye Apparel. This they managed to successfully grow to $ 165 million and finally later sold it to Swire Group. Mr. Burch then later invested in Internet Capital Group.  Refer to bjtonline.com for more of this story.

The secret to Christopher Burch’s success as an entrepreneur relied on his increasing ability in finding the nexus between innovation and success. His intuitive understanding of the consumer behavior together with the experience led to his continual realization of unusual success.

Mr. Burch has not only invested in the domestic market but also internationally. Examples of Christopher’s real estate investment include; developed luxury homes in Palm Beach, Florida, and Southampton, New York, Nantucket, among others.  Check architecturaldigest.com for a related article.   Acquired most recently is the renovated Nihiwatu on the Indonesian Island of Sumba.  To read more about this acquired asset in Indonesia, click this link on businessinsider.com.

The year 2011 through 2014 distinctly marked Mr. Burch entrepreneurial success. In 2011, he launched C. Wonder, accessories, apparel, and decoder retailer. This was later purchased by Xcel Brands. In 2014, Burch partnered with Ellen DeGeneres and launched a lifestyle brand before later in the same year launching Cocoon9-luxury spacious prefab homes.

Christopher Burch is also a philanthropist entrepreneur. As a board member of Rothman Institute Orthopedic Foundation and president of The Pierre Hotel Co-op Board, Burch greatly provided funds for research including the Philanthropic initiatives in New York at Mt. Sinai Hospital. Other intuitions that benefited from his generosity included The China Association of Social work, The Sumba Foundation, The Henry Street Settlement and the Child Welfare League of China. Burch currently supports the developments of other consumer and lifestyle product brands that range from retail, home furnishings, organic foods, and technology industries.  For an overview of his entrepreneurial skills and creativity, hit this.

Learn more about his logical thinking on business related matters, read this article on https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/222766

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