The business guru is part of the management team at a Brazilian tour operator known as CVC Brasil Operadora. The other investments by Guilherme Paulus include the GJP Hotels and Resorts which operates in various parts in Brazil.
He started working for IBM as an intern when he was twenty years old and has grown over the years and now leads various successful enterprises. Under the GJP Hotels and resorts, there are more than twenty branches. It has gained popularity in its areas of operation which include Maceio, Recife, and Sao Paulo. More than 5,000 people earn their living from the GJP brand and it has provided a perfect opportunity for them to grow their careers. He made his first investment in the hospitality sector in 1995. Guilherme Paulus was born in 1949 in Sao Paulo. In his higher education, he majored in business administration.
In 1972, he met a state deputy, Carlos Vicente Cerchiari and partnered with him to invest in Brazil’s tourism industry. Since Guilherme Paulus did not have enough money to fund the venture, the government official offered to provide the required capital. However, Cerchiari left the business after four years to focus on other interests. Other than his exemplary leadership skills, the tour operator succeeded due to its strategic location which was the exit of a movie theatre which attracted thousands of people from all walks of life. CVC offered an opportunity for the people visiting the movie theatre to tour the world. Guilherme Paulus revealed that the tourism sector was not doing well when he was starting CVC. He continued to expand his venture by opening more stores in the country’s largest retail malls in various places in Brazil.
In 2009, 63% stake of the company was sold to the Carlyle Group with the aim of financing its expansion plans. The acquisition was valued at $750 million. The tour operator is now the largest in Brazil and Latin America. Its annual sales revenue is estimated at $5.2 billion. Currently, CVC operates over 1,200 stores located in various places around the world which provide employment opportunities to more than 3,000 people. One of his hotels was recognized as the best golf hotel in Brazil.
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