Fashion Retail Empire

Charlie Chanaratsopon

Charlie Chanaratsopon was not trying to start a fashion retail empire when he founded Charming Charlie in 2004. The first-generation Thai-American was working on developing and investing in shopping centers in and around Houston and started the fashion accessories retailer, which now has over 350 stores, as a way to keep retail space filled.

It nearly folded in its first few months, but Chanaratsopon decided to keep it open an extra few weeks, and in that time its popularity with suburban moms exploded. The discount retailer expanded furiously amid the Great Recession, as Charlie Chanaratsopon and Hancock Park Associates, a private equity firm that came on board in 2007, convinced worried landlords to give them favorable lease terms. — Scott Klocksin

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Thai-American entrepreneur and investor

Charlie Chanaratsopon

Charlie Chanaratsopon is a Thai-American entrepreneur and investor. He is most notable for founding Charming Charlie, the colorful 290 national chain of stores that sells women’s jewelry and accessories.

With the launch of Charming Charlie, Chanaratsopon created an innovative concept that brought high-style and unrivaled value to the women’s jewelry and accessory categories. Combined with a unique product and merchandising strategy that is centered on a broad assortment of color, Charlie Chanaratsopon created an entirely new and fun shopping experience that did not go unnoticed.

Charlie Chanaratsopon

In 2010, he was honored with Ernest & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” award in the Retail category and in 2015, Forbes named him “America’s 40 Most Successful Young Entrepreneurs.”

Chanaratsopon is also the co-founding partner of Quantor Capital, a multi-family office focused on private investments and investment advisory. The co-founder/managing partner of CJS group, a real estate investment company, and a venture partner at Torch capital, a consumer-focused venture capital fund.

Charlie Chanaratsopon has a BA from Loyola Marymount University and an MBA from Columbia Business School. He is also an active member of YPO (Young Presidents Organization).