Guilherme Paulus is a Brazilian national and a resident of San Paulo. The 69 year old joined the Forbes billionaires list on account of the booming Brazil’s tourism industry. He pursued business administration in college later interned at IBM.In 1972, at 24 he co-founded CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A with former partner, Carlos Vicente. The tiny travel agency transformed to the largest tour operator in Latin America attributed to his dedication.
The hotelier founded GJP Hotels and Resorts who locations are throughout Brazil. Since opening of the first hotel in 1995 over 100,000 persons have walked through his hotels. CVC’s idea came from Carlos, who was a politician then. Carlos told him of his interest to open a travel agency in San Andre. He was young with no money to invest but Carlos proposed that they form a partnership where he would invest and Paulus would work.
Carlyle Group, a private equity company bought 64% stake in CVC in late 2009. In 2013 the company stated trading in the security exchange market. It today boosts of roughly $5 billion earnings per year. Guilherme Paulus has stated that the use of technology is undoubtedly one of the things that has caught his attention. In collaboration with Omni Channel he has been able to integrate vendors online with the actual stores. He is committed to establish at least 100 new stores yearly with his company already existing in a number of malls across Brazil.
Guilherme Paulus success is largely on offering alternative travel packages to customers. He is not limited to one concept but connects to other be the business ventures. In 2006 he bought a tiny airline with only a single plane which he steered to be third largest airline in Brazil. Following attaining his desired output he sold Webjet in 2011.In 2017 he was nominated as Entrepreneur of the Year in a Brazilian magazine. He has displayed his passion in creating new hotels and providing jobs in Brazil. Though being one of the first founders of CVC he sold it for about $700 million he still retains 8% of the firm. Guilherme Paulus is currently chairman of GJP group.