Many define Guilherme Paulus as a man with an inborn talent in the business sector. Whereas that is debatable, it is also true. At only 24 he had sprung into the business limelight. He is one of the tycoons who had very little to do with being employed but instead he has employed thousands of people in his businesses.
His first business was a partnership with a Brazilian politician in 1972 (at 24). They founded CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viogens S.A. The partner left four years left for other ventures. Paulus remained focused on CVC and saw it through great transformations and growth in the tourism industry. It became the largest tour operator in Brazil. Find out more about Paulus at Exame.
In 2005, Guilherme Paulus founded GJP hotels and resorts. This is another breakthrough in his business quest. Today GJP controls more than 15 booming hotels and resorts at the heart of Brazilian tourist zones. GJP played an essential role during the 2014 world cup soccer in Brazil.
The company processed bids to build and maintain hotels near the airport and areas that were proximity to the city. This was one of the greatest strategic and opportune moments to the Brazilian billionaire. The same facilities were a source of flowing revenue during the summer Olympics in 2016.
Guilherme Paulus sold CVC to Global Private Equity firm Carlyle Group in 2009. However, he still has close to 8% of the shares in CVC. He sold the company at an approximate cost of $420 million. That is about 63.3% of the shares.
Before he got into the active business, he worked as an intern at IBM before his 20s. According to him, he delights in creating jobs for the people of Brazil, and to see the economy of the country moving to better heights.
Today Guilherme Paulus is the chairman of the Board of Tourism Operator in Brazil. His experience in the tourism sector strategically puts him in the position because of the in-depth understanding of the needs of Brazil in tourism.
Forbes shortlisted Guilherme Paulus as one of the Brazilians Billionaires in 2013 estimating his net worth at $1.1billion. He in his late sixties today, he is still a very active entrepreneur and businessman.