Guilherme Paulus is an exemplar for many young Brazilian entrepreneurs. He is respected for starting and establishing prominent companies in Brazil’s travel and hospitality industry.
In 2013, Forbes documented him as one of the wealthiest Brazilians. He had a net worth of $1.1 billion.
While many young entrepreneurs emulate him, very few understand how Guilherme Paulus advanced his career from a less experienced graduate to the prominent entrepreneur he is today. Are you one of those entrepreneurs?
If yes, the following is a comprehensive overview of his career. It will help you understand how Guilherme built his career from scratch.
Mr. Paulus started his entrepreneurial career at the age of 24 years. He had just completed his undergraduate degree in business administration, and he was working as an intern administrator at IBM.
While at IBM, Guilherme Paulus met Carlos Vicente Cerchiari, a government official with a strong passion for entrepreneurship. Vicente suggested that they start a tourism agency that could serve Brazil’s tourism sector.
The two like-minded entrepreneurs teamed up to start their first startup CVC, a travel agency that would serve Brazil’s domestic and international tourists. Vicente financed the startup while Paulus managed the company’s regular operations.
Paulus managed to sail CVC from infancy to an established travel agency with multiple stores around Brazil’s major towns. Today, CVC Brazil is one of the largest travel agencies in Latin America and Brazil.
Apart from the travel agency, Guilherme Paulus decided to venture into Brazil’s hotel industry. He opened GJP Hotels and Resorts, a company that would open and manage resorts and hotels in Brazil. In 1995, GJP opened its first facility in Sao Paulo.
Within two decades, GJP Hotel and Resorts managed to open outlets in strategic destinies like Maceio, Rio de Janeiro, and Salvador.At present, it operates over 20 hotels in Brazil, and it employs thousands of people.
Besides being a successful businessman, Paulus is also involved in charitable work aimed at improving the living conditions of the less privileged in the society. One of the organizations he works with is PIET, a non-profit organization based in Foz do Iguaçu. The organization offers educational opportunities for the youth, who aspire to work in the tourism industry.