In 1972, the world-renowned entrepreneur, Guilherme Paulus and the hardcore politician of his time, Carlos Vicente Cerchiari founded CVC Brasil Operadora e Agência de Viagens S.A. which has changed the landscape of the tourism industry in Brazil since its inception.
Paulus was 24 years old when he founded CVC and has strived for 5 decades to make it the largest and most successful tour operator in the country. Currently, the annual turnover of the company stands at %5.5 billion and is considered to be a premium tour operator in Latin America as well as the neighboring countries like the US and Mexico. Guilherme Paulus currently owns 8% of the company after selling the company for a whopping $750 million. He is currently trying to open at least 100 stores in the country every year for steady growth.
Guilherme Paulus was born in 1949 and he pursued his major in the field of Business Administration. He was a young recruit at the tech-giant IBM Ltd. where he exhibited tremendous business acumen and showcased brilliant business ideas.
Decades of experience in the business world helped him broaden his vision and explore different sectors in the market. In the year 2005, Guilherme Paulus founded the GJP Hotels & Resorts which has been a successful venture with more number of hotels coming up near airports and tourist attractions. Currently, the firm has 14 top-notch hotels under their management. An instance of Paulus’s amazing business tactics is his purchase of the dying airline in 2006 called Webjet. By the year 2011, the airlines were declared as the 3rd highest popular and profitable airlines in the country which is a massive accomplishment in a matter of just 6 years. At the end of 2011, Paulus sold the airlines to Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA for an undisclosed amount.
He has been a recipient of numerous awards and accolades throughout his career. He was recently recognized as the Entrepreneur of the Year for his tremendous contribution to the development of the country. He is a self-made billionaire from Sao Paulo and had a net worth of $1.1 billion in 2013 as stated by Forbes in their list of billionaires.