Christopher Burch; A Man of Many Talents
Chris Burch got his career started while an undergrad at Ithaca College, where he and his brother Bob started the company Eagles Eye Apparel. Eagles Eye grew to be a $165 million dollar company before Chris and Bob decided to sell it. Chris graduated from Ithaca with a degree in business, and boy, does he ever know his business. He went on from Eagles Eye to becoming one of the earliest investors of Internet Capital Group, an IPO story well known on the Internet. He also began investing in real estate both domestic and internationally, developing homes in New York, Nantucket, Southampton, Palm Beach and Florida. Chris got together with architect Philippe Stark and hotelier Alan Faena, to create the Faena Hotel & Universe. More of this on bjtonline.com. Recently he has acquired and renovated a luxury resort on the island of Sumba in Indonesia, called Nihiwatu with hotelier James McBride.
Nihiwatu is a 5-star resort and in 2016, was named best hotel in the world by Travel & Leisure. Chris had bought into the property for his children and to give back to the community. The resort has 27 private villas, which includes Chris’ house, Raja Mendaka. In the section that has the main house, there are four additional villas, each with its own private plunge pool. Nihiwatu has exceeded Chris’ expectations, which is no mean feat. For added reading on Nihiwatu, check businessinsider.com.
Chris Burch has been not only in the resort business, as he was founder of C. Wonder which was a home décor, apparel, and accessories retailer before being bought out by Xcel Brands. He partnered with Ellen DeGeneres to create her lifestyle brand ED by Ellen DeGeneres. Chris also had his portfolio get larger with Cocoon9, Bur & Mah, Poppin, TRADEMARK, and helping in the development of other companies such as Brad’s Raw Foods, Chubbies, and Soludos to name a few. For a list of Burch’s company portfolio, click burchcreativecapital.com.
Chris is also a philanthropist, having been on the board of Rothman Institute Orthopedic Foundation and the past president of The Pierre Hotel Co-op Board. He has contributed both funding and philanthropic initiatives to The China Association of Social Work, The Child Welfare League of China, Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York, The Sumba Foundation, NYU Langone, and The Henry Street Settlement. Chris is a man of many talents, knowledge, and has a gift for business. His personal touch on everything he has been a part of, has turned out well for him. One wonders what other ventures he will seek out next.
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