Guilherme Paulus was born in Sao Paulo in 1949. Almost immediately after graduating university with a degree in Business Administration, he joined the tourism industry. Now, he has more than 50 years of experience in the business. His first company, he founded with a local politician in 1972.
His partner, Carlos Vicente Cerchiari, left the company four years later, leaving Guilherme Paulus to carry the weight. Fortunately, Paulus was a brilliant specialist who went on to build the largest tour operator in Latin America. His company, CVC, is still around today and continues to operate at the highest levels.
In 2009, Paulus decided to expand his company by supporting global investments. The Carlyle Group bought into his company for $420 million, giving them 63.6 percent of the company. When the stock opened in 2013, it officially became a publicly held operator and travel agency. Now, their annual revenue reaches up to R$5.2 billion. Check this article at istoedinheiro.com to learn more.
While integrating his company with Carlyle resources, Guilherme Paulus began investing in over a dozen hotels and resorts. GJP Hotels and Resorts now oversees 15 different hospitality buildings in Brazil. When it was announced that Brazil would be hosting the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympic, he wanted his company to have those contracts.
Now that the Cup and Olympics are over, Guilherme Paulus has turned his attention back to growing Brazil from within. He recently completed work on the Wish Resort Golf Convention. In 2017, that resort was the award for “Best Golf Hotel in Brazil.”
Everyone in Brazil knows Mr. Paulus as a brilliant entrepreneur. He was recently on the cover of Isto e Dinheiro and named one of the Brazilians who overcame pessimism with politics and economic genius. The magazine also applauded him for putting Brazil on the path of development.
In the article written about Paulus, it talks about how much he invested in hotels and resorts the prior year. According to the magazine, Paulus invested R$600 million and employed over 1,900 people.