In 2015 Chris Burch, a multi-billionaire fashion guru, turned a hugely popular surf destination on the island of Sumba into a five-star resort. It has become so renowned and respected an establishment that in both 2016 and 2017 Travel + Leisure Magazine voted in the #1 Hotel in the World, check businessinsider.com. The island has a population of about 600,000 but has remained relatively ignored by modern society since its discovery in the 16th century because it has access to few natural resources. One very positive result of this is that its coasts have maintained almost untouched natural beauty. Burch recognized its untapped resort potential and made the resort a reality.
Burch wears several hats. He is the founder and CEO of Burch Creative Capital; an investor in several businesses in a variety of industries throughout the world; and the co-founder of the luxury fashion brand, Tory Burch. His entire career has been spent investing in and/founding new companies. During his 40-year career, he has helped start and run over 50 companies. The aforementioned variety of industries he has large investments in include apparel, financial services, hospitality, technology and consumer products (entrepreneur.com).
However, of all his works his central priority remains Burch Creative Capital. Some of the more recent brands it has churned out include ED by Ellen DeGeneres, Cocoon9, and Nihiwatu. Since its founding, the company has branched into such areas as retail, apparel, home furnishings, hospitality, organic foods, technology industries, healthcare, and raw and organic foods. This list of concentrated areas is continually growing.