Guilherme Paulus is a Brazilian hotelier and international entrepreneur. He has won many awards and honorary titles including the Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Paulus is among the most prominent people in the Brazilian tourism industry who has revolutionized it and put it on the global map.
He has reached the Forbes Billionaires list with a net worth of over $1.9 billion. Paulus is the co-founder of a prestigious tour operator CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens. His company’s revenue is $5.2billion and continues to grow rapidly every year.
Guilherme Paulus began his career as an intern for IBM and rose to become a renowned entrepreneur and hotelier. He studied business administration in college and created a career in tourism. In 1972, Paulus co-founded the CVC tour company in Sao Paulo. His co-partner –Carlos Vicente Cerchiari- was a Brazilian politician who quit the partnership four years later. Later, Paulus started the GJP Hotels and Resorts group that currently operate more than 20 hotels and resorts and provide employment opportunities to over 50,000 people.
Under the leadership of Guilherme Paulus, CVC has experienced tremendous growth to become Latin America’s biggest tour operator. Paulus saw the small travel agency in Sao Paulo grow to what it is today. CVC`s success lies in Paulus’ ability to innovate and design a portfolio of travel packages. In 2009, Paulus sold part of his company to the Carlyle Group. Over the years, Paulus has developed a sound reputation in the international business world due to his drive, ambition, and willingness to serve others. He has received various awards and honorary titles both locally and internationally. In 2012, the French government recognized him as a significant tourism developer across France. In Brazil, the magazine “Viagem e Turismo of Editora Abril” bestowed him the Personality of the Year award. In addition to these awards, Paulus is a member of the National Tourism Council.
Even though Guilherme Paulus is a prestigious entrepreneur, he values social accountability. CVC regularly participates in noble causes with a focus of giving back to the society. For instance, it provides educational opportunities to needy youths who would like to pursue tourism. CVC supports Dr. Klaide and Education Institution that helps impoverished adolescents by providing psychological counseling sessions and medical care.