When you’re called the ‘Most Powerful Man in Brazilian Tourism’, it means you definitely know a thing or two about the topic. Guilherme Paulus’s nickname is well earned. His work with the tourism sector has been noticed by the entire nation of Brazil with the President of the country, inviting him to be part of the Board of Tourism.
Guilherme started CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A. with a partner at the young age of 24 years old. His partner, a Brazilian politician would pull out of the company and Guilherme would find himself leading the company on his own.
His business acumen would aid him in taking CVC, a tour operator and make it the largest tour operator, not just in Brazil, but the entire Latin American region. CVC’s success would grab the attention of Carlyle Group, an international investment and equities firm. Carlyle Group would go on to buy 63.6% of CVC from Guilherme Paulus for $420 million.
CVC would go on to raise $263 million dollars at their share offering, making the company an unbelievable amount of equity.
Guilherme Paulus started GJP Hotels and Resorts in 2005, seeing a need for premier destinations for tourists in Brazil. His chain now has 11 hotels, staffing more than 2,000 employees and have till date served over 90,000 customers.
When it comes to looking ahead and spotting opportunities, there are few that can match Guilherme, he saw his country’s growth as part of the BRIC nations and understood the need for housing, not just for the primary purpose of shelter but a higher standard of living. It is with this outlook that Guilherme Paulus would start the construction division of GJP aimed at providing villas and condominiums to a population that was now demanding a higher standard of living.
His insight into the business and his business acumen have made him a wealthy man with him being on Forbes’s list of billionaires.
The future looks bright for the tourism sector of Brazil and GJP Group of Hotels and Resorts with Guilherme Paulus steering the way, not just for today but for the days to come.