Guilherme Paulus was born in 1949 in the country of Brazil. He was working for IBM before he was twenty years old as an intern. Although computing taught him many valuable skills, he quickly found out that it was not for him. He found an opportunity for a different path in the local newspaper when he noticed that the Casa Faro travel agency was looking to hire a salesman. Guilherme Paulus jumped at the opportunity and began to fulfill his potential as an entrepreneur. He has recently joined the ranks of the billionaires and has had many successful businesses under his belt. His first business venture was the CVC travel agency. Now, Guilherme has almost 50 years of experience in the travel industry. Find out more about Paulus at Exame.
Guilherme Paulus co-founded the CVC travel agency in 1972 with Carlos Vicente Cerchiari. Carlos Vicente Cerchiari was a politician at the time and left the business venture after only four years. Guilherme proceeded to turn the CVC travel agency into the largest tourist operator in all of Latin America. Although the company was already experiencing massive success, Guilherme knew that he could take it further with the support of a global investment fund. The CVC opened up its capital on the stock market in 2013. The Carley Group global investment firm purchased 63.6% of the company for approximately $420 million. The CVC now has an annual revenue of $5.2 billion.
In 2005, Guilherme founded the GJP Hotels and Resorts. The company has been committed to customer service since its inception and has had tremendous success because of it. The GJP now has control of 19 hotels all over Brazil. The hotel and resorts company is now bidding to acquire more hotels and resorts near the airports in Brazil. The GJP has 7 hotels in the South region, 5 in the Southeastern region and 7 hotels in the Northeastern region.
Guilherme Paulus made his move into the airline industry in 2006. He acquired the Webjet airlines and it only had one aircraft at the time. Guilherme Paulus was able to transform it into the third largest airline in Brazil and it now has 20 aircraft in its fleet.