Hometown Journey

Fashion Mogul Chris Burch: Serial Entrepreneur, Hotelier And Committed Philanthropist

Entrepreneur Christopher Burch is Burch Creative Capital’s founder and CEO. For the past 40 years he has been investing in a wide range of industries including many luxury and technology brands. Burch’s entrepreneurial career began in 1976 while he was working on his bachelor’s degree at Ithaca College (bjtonline.com). ┬áIt was then Chris Burch and Bob, his brother, each invested $2,000 and started a clothing company called Eagle’s Eye. They began selling sweaters door-to-door. The company grew exponentially and was wildly successful. Eventually they sold it for $165 million to the Swipe Group.

Chris Burch then became one of the Internet Capital Group’s earliest investors. He also went on to become a major investor in a large number of companies including Voss Water, Jawbone, ED by Ellen DeGeneres, Cocoon9, Bur+Mah, TRADEMARK and Poppin. Burch also became involved in real estate ventures throughout the United States including building luxury homes in Southampton, New York, Palm Beach, Florida and Nantucket, Massachusetts. Chris Burch also partnered with hotelier Alan Faena and architect Philippe Stark to develop Faena Hotel + Universe on underutilized land in Argentina.

In 2012, Chris Burch and his partners acquired an Indonesian island called Sumba. They then spent $30 million to transform it into a five-star luxury resort they call Nihiwatu. Opened in 2015, Nihuwatu has been voted the world’s best resort several times. The property features 27 private villas, private plunge pools, indoor-outdoor entertainment area, horseback riding, a blue lagoon, waterfalls, jeep and horseback safaris, spa treatments on the beach or in your villa, daily personalized yoga sessions, two-story tree houses, surfing lessons and spectacular views of the beach and the Indian Ocean.

One reason for Chris Burch’s success is his unique ability to identify the nexus between implementation and innovation. He also has seems to have an intuitive understanding of the needs and the behavior of consumers. Plus, he knows how to use his superior direct-to-consumer channels and sourcing infrastructure to get spectacular results (ideamensch.com). It is a talent he has developed during his four decades of involvement in entrepreneurship.

In addition to his entrepreneurial activities, Chris Burch is also a committed philanthropist. He contributes to philanthropic and research initiatives at and is involved with The Henry Street Settlement, Mt. Sinai Hospital, The Child Welfare League of China, The China Association of Social Work, The Sumba Foundation, NYU Langone, the Pierre Hotel Co-op Board and the Rothman Institute Orthopedic Foundation.

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