Christopher Burch was born and raised in Wayne, Pennsylvania. In 1976, as an undergraduate at Ithaca College, Burch along with his brother launched his first business venture. With two thousand dollars in hand, they created Eagle’s Eye clothing. With this small investment, the Burch brothers expanded the company, which soon grew to over 50 retail stores and more than $140 million in sales. The company was later sold in deal that netted over $60 million (entrepreneur.com).
Christopher Burch is now the chief executive officer and founder of Burch Creative Capital. Based in New York City, the company handles brand development and venture investments. He is also co-founder of Tory Burch LLC. In 2012, because of Burch’s uncanny business skills, Forbes declared him a billionaire.
In one of his latest endeavors, Burch bought and remodeled Nihiwatu Resort. This luxury play ground located on the Island of Sumba, Indonesian boasts five stars and is any vacationer’s dream. It employs more locals than anywhere else on the Island. The property consists of thirty plus exquisite villas with private plunge pools and more amenities than one could ever imagine. They include island excursions, surfing, spearfishing, yoga and horseback riding. There are cooking lessons for guests who want to test the local vegetation of the area. The beach is absolutely fabulous and considered like being in heaven by swimmers and surfers. The view overlooks the Indian Ocean and Nihi Beach.
What is unique about the Nihiwata is through the generous philanthropic nature of Burch Creative Capital, a portion of Nihiwatu’s profits are now donated to the Sumba Foundation, established in 2001 by the resort’s first owner. The Foundation’s mission is to fund community-based projects dealing with nutrition, health and education. Guests of the resort are welcomed to learn about the efforts of the Foundation and many participate in the Foundation’s volunteer projects.
Because of this philanthropic aspect and for many other reasons, Burch’s Nihiwata was named “Number One” Hotel in the World in Travel and Leisure Magazine in 2015.
What’s in the future for Christopher Burch? He and his partner soon hope to move on to Nicaragua and Costa Rica to build more resorts, check prnewswire.com.