Guilherme Paulus started his career as an intern in IBM, his strong business acumen, however, meant that soon he was founding his own company. A tour operator named CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A. in 1972 at the young age of just 24 years.
Soon after the establishment of CVC, Guilherme Paulus’s partner stepped back, leaving Guilherme in complete control of CVC and its future. He would then take the company and make it the largest and most successful tour operator in Brazil and Latin America.
With CVC’s growing success, Guilherme was able to attract the interest of foreign equity companies and in 2009, Carlyle Group, a global private equity firm took controlling interest with a purchase of 63.6% of CVC. The sale made Guilherme $420 million dollars.
His focus was already on the next thing, the aptly named ‘Most Powerful Man Brazilian Tourism’ had already started his next venture GJP group of hotels and resorts in 2005. The chain of hotels now stands at 20 hotels in 11 states. Guilherme Paulus showed his business savvy and insight when he used the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympics which were both held in Brazil as a further launchpad for his group of hotels.
GJP Group of Hotels and Resorts employ over 2000 people and have till date served more than 90,000 customers. The group also boasts one of the best golfing resorts in Brazil.
Guilherme Paulus has a vision for his country as well, as a member of the BRIC nations of emerging superpowers in the world, Guilherme believes in Brazil. He knows that the changing population means changing needs. A higher standard of living is quickly being demanded by the growing population willing to invest in the country and their futures. Guilherme knew about this and created another branch to the GJP group by starting its own construction company which is aimed at building villas and condominiums for the discerning population of Brazil.
With his passion for the development of the country, it’s no surprise that he was asked to join the country’s Board of Tourism, invited by none other than the President himself. His knowledge of the industry and his dedication to Brazil and her growth was rewarded as Guilherme Paulus was chosen as the Entrepreneur of The Year in Services by Istoe Dinheiro magazine, a crowning achievement for the rightful king of Brazilian Tourism.
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