Christopher Burch, an active serial investor, is the founder as well as the CEO of Burch Creative Capital. Burch Creative Capital has created several brand portfolios such as Cocoon9, Poppin, ED by Ellen DeGeneres and Nihiwatu. Burch is also the co-founder of Tory Burch, a luxury fashion brand and has his investments in the fashion industry, technology and real estate. Some of his investments are in; PCH International, Zeel, Hooch, Nanoleaf among other businesses. Burch Creative Capital investment philosophy is a real expression of the entrepreneurial values as well as the vision for new market opportunities, creativity, support and scale, application of imagination, incubation, leading to disruptive brands and also businesses that have a direct and long-lasting positive effect on lives of consumers. The company is currently in support of the development of diverse lifestyle and consumer product brands that range from organic foods, apparel and home, retail, home furnishings to hospitality and technology industries such as Blink Health, Chubbies, BaubleBar, Little Duck Organics, Soludos and Brad’s Raw Foods.
Burch was born on March 28th, 1953 and has close to 40 years in his career. He started his entrepreneurial career in 1976 when he was still an undergraduate at Itchica College. It was there where he, together with his brother Bob founded Eagles Eye apparel in which he invested $2,000. Eagle’s Eye apparel grew to $165 million, and after that, they sold out the investment. Christopher Burch was one of the earliest investors in Internet Capital Group, a well-known IPO story in Internet space and has actively participated in the rise of over 50 companies. He has also had a long track record of linking innovation with impact. Christopher is a former member of the board of directors of Continuum Group and Guggenheim Capital.
Chris Burch diversified his entrepreneurial career to the hospitality industry in 2012. He, together with hotelier James McBride bought a beach hostel on the island of Indonesia. They renovated the resort at the cost of $30 million to a five-star resort called Nihiwatu which is nicknamed as ‘The Edge of Wilderness’. Nihiwatu was voted as the best hotel in the world in 2016 by Travel and Leisure. Burch says that he bought the hotel for his children and as a way to give back to the community. Burch spends his time either in Miami, Hamptons but mainly in his Indonesian resort. Nihiwatu has exciting features that include 27 private villas, one of it being Raja Mendaka, his private home, which has several villas with private plunge pool in each and the main house.