His successful executive business career began at Intercontinental Hotels living and traveling around the world before joining Pan Am in New York for 17 years. He enjoyed being a board member at The Westport Land Conservation Trust and The Pan Am Historical Foundation.
Charles’ father, Juan Trippe, was a founder of Pan American World Airways, and under his direction, the airline became the first to fly across the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans, the first to put American-made jets into commercial use and the first to order the Boeing 747. Juan Trippe and some friends from Yale started a charter service and sightseeing company on Long Island in 1923 with a handful of surplus World War I Navy planes. He went on, four years later, to lead in the creation of Pan Am.