In Brazil, an individual who achieves his own success is regarded as a “self-made” man. This certainly is the case for Guilherme Paulus, whose entry into the business world began at age 20, with an internship at IMB. When he was 24, he partnered with a Brazilian politician to form a tour company, CVC Brasil Operadora e Agência de Viagens S.A. Headquartered in Santo André, Brazil, CVC sells global tourism packages, which include airline tickets, hotel accommodations and resort stays.
After just four years, his partner left the company, this proved to be the foundation for his success, because Guilherme continued on without his co-founder. And as a result, CVC rose to the status of industry leader and earned the distinction of being the largest tour operator in Latin America. Then in calendar year 2009, he sold major ownership shares to the private equity firm, The Carlyle Group. Taking on a capital partner netted somewhere in the neighborhood of $394 million, for 63.6% shares. Prior to this, in 2005 Guilherme Paulus had already launched another business venture, GJP Hotels and Resorts.
When a person possesses both business acumen and a knack for spotting future opportunities, he’s referred to as, “a visionary.” Guilherme Paulus is a visionary because he determined that Brazil was in store for an influx of tourists. The anticipated traffic would be included visitors, traveling from other countries to attend the World Cup Soccer tournament in 2014 and for the Olympics hosted by Brazil in 2016. Ultimately, Guilherme was right because he relied on his instincts and his business talents in Administrative and Commercial oversight. GJP quickly accessed control over 15 hotels. Eventually, extending to worldwide ownership of 3,000 guest apartments.
Due to his phenomenal growth in the tourism industry, in 2013 Forbes named Guilherme Paulus as number 1,268 on its annual listing of the world’s billionaires. As one of the richest people in Brazil, the net worth of Guilherme at the time was estimated to be $1.1 billion. That said a lot for the kind of business opportunities which compelled him to buy his first hotel in 1995. A decade later he decided to convert some vacant land into a resort. This launched him into the field as a developer, which very much complemented his first juncture as a tour operator. Starting with a small company, helped Guilherme Paulus find his way into entrepreneurship.