If you have ever wondered what it would be like to be a successful investor and entrepreneur, look no farther than the life of Christopher Burch. Christopher Burch is now one of the most successful entrepreneurs on the planet, and he has recently been named one of the top billionaires in the world by Forbes. He is currently the CEO of Burch Creative Capital, and he has an investment portfolio of over 50 successful startups and businesses. When it comes to entrepreneurship, he is an absolute success.
Christopher Burch had a modest upbringing in Pennsylvania. He was the son of a business owner, whose father always tried to teach him about money and pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps. To teach him the value of work, Christopher’s father got him employed at a construction company when he was 13 years old. This upbringing gave Christopher the knowledge and drive that he needed to become successful later in life.
While attending Ithaca college some years later, Christopher and his brother, Bob, started their own apparel business that bought sweaters for cheap and then sold them at a profit. They invested just $2,000 in this venture, and in a decade it grew to having more than $140 million in sales. They were able to sell the business a few years after that for $165 million, fueling Christopher’s need to continue innovating and investing. This is when Christopher decided to work for himself and create Burch Creative Capital.
The business model of Burch Creative Capital is simple. Christopher wants to find the most new, disruptive, and interesting technologies on the market. He wants those technologies that other investors might stay away from because they are too new and risky. He wants them to be imaginative and extremely fresh, as well as to creative a positive impact on the consumers that use the services or purchase the products. With this business model, he has become successful in the apparel and real estate spaces, helping start and nurse to health businesses like ED by Ellen DeGeneres, Jawbone, Poppin, Voss Water, TRADEMARK, and the Faena Hotel + Universe. Christopher would like to also get more involved in technology and other emerging markets like organic foods in the future.
Each year, Christopher also gives away millions to charities and causes that inspire him, such as the Child Welfare League of China and the Sumba Foundation. Forbes agrees that Christopher Burch is truly an inspiration to anyone that wants to be an entrepreneur.