Guilherme Paulus has been regarded as one of the best businessman in the tourism industry by many people in Brazil. Several Brazilian magazines and media outlets have given him prestigious titles such as Personality of the Year and Executive of Valor. He has managed to go from working as an intern at IBM to being one of the wealthiest entrepreneurs in the world. Guilherme Paulus has a current net worth of 1.1 billion dollars.
The Brazilian entrepreneur has founded the CVC travel agency, the GJP Hotels and Resorts Network and even acquired the Webjet airlines. Guilherme Paulus attributes his successes to his simple philosophy of loving the customer. For him, the customer is what is most important of all. The customer is the coffee, the lunch, the dinner and the gas. He views tourism as an art form and sees it as the art of welcoming and receiving. Find out more about Paulus at Exame.
Guilherme Paulus first founded the CVC Travel Agency in 1972 with his politician business partner Carlos. Carlos left the business venture only four years after its founding and sold his shares to Guilherme. After running the company on his own for several years he finally managed to turn it into the largest tourist operator and all of Latin America. In 2009, he sold 63.6% of the company to the global investment firm, the Carlyle Group. In 2013, the CVC travel agency opened up its capital on the stock exchange, and it is now capable of generating an annual revenue of 5.2 billion.
Guilherme Paulus founded the GJP Hotels and Resorts Network in 2005 with only one establishment. The GJP Network is now considered to be one of the largest hotel chains in leisure tourism and events. It has control of 19 hotels and resorts all throughout the regions of Brazil. There are seven hotels in the southern region, five hotels in the Southeast region and seven more hotels in the Northeast region of Brazil. He was able to transform the Webjet airlines into the third largest airline that operates in Brazil. At the time of its acquisition, Webjet only had one aircraft. He grew that number to 20, and he sold the airline to Gol in 2011.