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What Does Chris Burch’s Vacation Resort Have That Makes It Tops In The World?

Chris Burch is the founder of several companies and considers his main investment company, Burch Creative Capital to be a key incubator not only for finances but also for special branding and a place to incubate business ideas and turn them into plans. But he’s also a hotel and vacation real estate guru who just five years ago bought the world’s top resort at Indonesia’s Sumba Island. This resort is Nihiwatu where Burch had many high quality villas designed, and visitors to this resort get access to beautiful beaches, or they might plan to go and have a massage somewhere outdoors in the jungle or near a waterfall. Burch also built a home on this property that’s worth several million dollars with elaborate art work and a glass pool overlooking the ocean.¬† Check businessinsider.com.

Chris Burch started what’s been known as his serial entrepreneur career by opening a sweater sales business while attending Ithaca College (bjtonline.com). The business grew larger than Burch expected, and upon earning enough money he turned it into a full retail company known as Eagle Eye Apparel. Burch was CEO of the company for over 20 years before selling it for $67 million. For several years he undertook small venture capital investments and producing a movie known as “Watch It” until 2004 when he partnered in the construction of the Faena Hotel + Universe and also helped start the Tory Burch fashion brand. Burch kept the stakes in this fashion company until 2008 when he sold them and began Burch Creative Capital.

In addition to being a former partner of the Faena Group and buying the property at Nihiwatu Resort, Burch Creative Capital was the seed funder of companies like Poppin, Voss Water, Powermat, Actua, and the Ellen DeGeneres brand ED. Burch also was a board member of the The Pierre Hotel Co-op Board in addition to several homes he’s bought and flipped across New York, the New England area and south Florida (http://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/christopher-maya-j-christopher-burch-hamptons-house-article). ¬†Burch has also been featured in magazines like Forbes for reaching billionaire status in 2012, and he has supported charities like the Rothman Institute Orthopedic Foundation and the Tilton School.

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