Forbes magazine has added the name of Guilherme Paulus to its list of global billionaires. In large part, this has been a result of Mr. Paulus’ involvement in Brazil’s booming tourism economy.
A long time Brazilian businessman, Guilherme Paulus hails from São Paulo, Alagoas, Brazil. He served as an intern for IBM before he turned twenty. In 1972, when he was 24, Guilherme Paulus co-founded the Brazilian tour operations company CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A. (CVC). Guided by Mr. Paulus’ business savvy and leadership, CVS has established itself as the largest tour operator in Latin America. The global private equity firm, Carlyle Group, purchased a 63.6% ownership in CVS in 2009. This deal was valued at approximately 420 million U.S. dollars.
Adding to his portfolio of successful business ventures, Paulus founded GJP Hotels and Resorts (GJP) in 2005. This consortium owns more than fifteen resorts and hotels. GJP maintains operations throughout Brazil, with more than 3,000 resort and hotel rooms available to travelers from around the world. Under the GJP umbrella, one will find GJP Hotels & Resorts as well as the LINX by GJP, PRODIGY by GJP and WISH by GJP luxury destination locals. GJP offers its global guests promotions and discounts so that they may further enjoy their stay in Brazil when traveling to the country for world-acclaimed events. By way of example, listed on the GJP website are promotions listed for the Festival de Cinema (for the GJP locals of WISH Serrano and PRODIGY Granado).
Mr. Paulus landed on the cover of IstoÉ Dinheiro Magazine recently, where the periodical named him Entrepreneur of the Year in the services sector in recognition of his outstanding work in the tourism business in Brazil. Paulus was elsewhere recognized for his leadership skills as an entrepreneur.