Guilherme Paulus was only 24 years old when he set up his first venture and co-founded the leading tour operator CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens also called CVC, in Brazil along with partner Vincente Cerchiari who resigned from the company after 4 years since its inception.
Guilherme Paulus has been involved in the tourism industry since 1972. His skills in business management and quick acquisition of clients and funding paved the way for CVC to become the leading tour operator in Brazil. The CVC generates an annual revenue of approximately $5.2 billion. CVC made an impact on the global market with its expansion into the hotels and airlines industry.
Later in time, He sold CVC for a whopping $750 million. Guilherme Paulus did not stop at this, he continued to pursue his dreams and soon after founded GJP hotels and Resorts in 2015. Currently, the firm has 15 hotels under management and as serious plans to build more hotels near airports.
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His unique business strategies came in handy when he took a leap of faith by acquiring the dying Webjet, that had only a single operational aircraft. Studies show that in 2011, Webjet became the 3rd largest airline in the whole of Brazil and all due to the smart moves made by Guilherme Paulus.
When he was 20, Guilherme Paulus displayed exceptional entrepreneurial capabilities as an intern at IBM. His philanthropic work throughout his career is something Mr. Paulus is very proud of apart from his success as a businessman. He believes in giving back to the society for improving the standard of life for the citizens of his country. He funded PIET project that emphasizes on providing good education to the youth of the country belonging from low-income families and provides them with an opportunity to work at the tourism industry. He was recognized as the Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 by the government, due to his $600 million investment that led to the building of more hotels and increased the number of employees to 2000. He is considered to have played a crucial role in the upscaling of the tourism industry in France.