Chris Burch is a billionaire as documented by Forbes magazine who has gotten to that point through buying up shares in disruptive new companies and also buying and selling big residential and commercial properties. His primary business investments are channeled through his company, Burch Creative Capital which has interests in multiple industries from apparel and organic foods to alternative energy and financial technology. Burch also is known for giving gifts to people he loves and he said in a recent article that anyone who’s unsure what to give someone for their birthday or holiday should consider a few gifts he’s picked up over the years. Burch’s gifts include a Trademark Cooper Cage Tote handbag, a Zero-Gravity Massage Chair manufactured by US Jaclean, a Snowe Home decoration set or just some boxes or bags of goodies from Fatty Sundays or Pretzables. (releasefact.com).
Burch became a businessman back in the early 1970s when he was a young man attending college in Ithaca, NY. He started by selling sweaters in the college dormitories, and when he started seeing sales increase dramatically he decided to go into the business full-time and named the company Eagle Eye Apparel. More on bjtonline.com. Eagle Eye Apparel was a competitor with names like American Eagle, JCPenney, GAP and others. Burch sold that company eventually and then made investments through the Internet Capital Group and Guggenheim Partners where he served on the boards for a few years. Burch was already investing in new fashion brands by the early 2000s, and in 2004 he helped market the new Tory Burch line that his wife at that time put out. In 2014 he would get Ellen DeGeneres’s lifestyle brand off the ground.
Even before starting Burch Creative Capital, Chris Burch started going into the hotel property investment arena starting with joining the Pierre Hotel and then becoming a partner with Alan Faena during the construction of the Faena Hotel + Universe in Argentina. Burch also excelled at renovating homes and successfully brokered the sale of one $25 million renovated home in Southampton back in 2005 (http://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/christopher-maya-j-christopher-burch-hamptons-house-article). Burch’s biggest hotel investment was in Nihiwatu Resort in Indonesia in 2013 which is currently the world’s number one vacation destination according to Travel & Leisure, and Burch has put over $30 million into the property thus far. Burch plans on passing this down to his future generations (businessinsider.com).