Christopher Burch was introduced to construction by his father at the age of 13 years, and showcased entrepreneurial zeal during his college years. His passion is dictated by the desire to create success for other people. In 1976, his business venture in apparel by the name, Eagle’s Eye, was in partnership with his brother. They later sold it to a group known as Swire. Using the profits gained, he became a shareholder of a group known as internet capital. He was a member of Continuum and Guggenheim boards. In 2004, he helped in launching of Tory’s brand, whom he divorced in 2006.

Chris started C. Wonder Company, which he sold 10% part of, in 2013. Alan Faena and James McBrides joined him in the purchase and renovation of the Faena Hotel and Nihiwatu respectively, in 2012, after selling his stakes at former wife’s company. In 2013, he appeared on the billionaires list on Forbes. In 2014, he went into partnership with Ellen DeGeneres to launch a brand based on her lifestyle. He was a member of RIOF board and president Pierre Hotel cooperative. He funds researches and philanthropists through his profits gained.

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In 2016, Nihiwatu was ranked as best in the world, within the hospitality industry. Nihiwatu refers to a stone of mortar, giving meaning to the origin of the name ( The beach acquired its name from the formation of the rocks on the tide. It consists of private villas, 27 in total, each with diving pools. There is an entertainment section that accommodates both in and outdoor activities. Two tree houses with two floors each, and a section with Chris’ private home, that encompasses a main house, four villas and pools in each, to guests avail.

The theme found and experienced within the resort comprises of the Sumbanese tradition. Within it is a spa, yoga classes on a daily basis, surfing sessions, horseback riding with the help of a whisperer, as well as excursions. Jeeps and boats are the main transportation for guests. Christopher Burch and James McBride intend to expand the business to Nicaragua as well as Costa Rica for more access to travelers.Chris Burch started a foundation known as Sumba, which is geared towards eradication of poverty levels, and improving of health facilities as well as education within the community. This course of action is achieved through the donation received by the organization, from the Nihi resort, check for more reading.

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