The King of tourism, Guilherme Paulus was awarded “entrepreneur of the year” by IstoÉ Dinheiro Magazine in 2017. He is the Presidnet of GJP Group, which owns a string of hotels and resorts in Brazil. Guilherme began his tourism career at the young age of 24 and the rest is history. He is #1268 on the Forbes Billionaires.
Guilherme Paulus co-founded CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens in 1972, with his partner who sold his share of the business to Mr. Paulus. The Brazilian billionaire is currently on the board of tourism for the Brazilian government and is one of the most powerful men in tourism today.
Today, CVC is the largest tour operating business in Latin America and continues to draw millions of tourists to Brazil every year. It’s successful cruise and tour-operating business has been a very lucrative enterprise for the Brazilian economy and it is all due to Guilherme Paulus. Guilherme’s success comes from his knowledge of every aspect of the tourism industry from hospitality to catering. His vision is clear and determination to improve his nation steadfast.
Guilherme realized the potential of the tourism industry at a young age and developed his business intelligently and rapidly. As an intern at IBM he learned about the significance of communication and online advertising, which has helped his many business to grow. Today, he owns 15 hotels and resorts under the GJP Group name, Webjet Airlines, and his advertising firm GP7. In 2009, Guilherme decided to sell his controlling stake in CVC to the Carlyle group for $420 million. He has remained as Chairman of CVC and a minority stakeholder, which allows him to make important decisions and continue to guide CVC into the future.
CVC employs more than 1000 employees and creates another 5000 jobs indirectly. The Brazilian economy is currently ranked as the 8th largest economy in the world and its growing tourism industry continues to impress the world. Guilherme believes that CVC’s partnership with the Carlyle Group’s expertise in the financial equity market will exponentially expand CVC’s business in the coming years. It will be an incredible adventure for Brazil, the tourism industry, Guilherme Paulus.