Guilherme Paulus is a Brazilian businessman who is a co-founder and chairman of the board of directors for CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A. He established this tour operations company in 1972 when he was just 24-years-old. He started this company along with a business partner who was a Brazilian politician but that partner left in 1976. Guilherme Paulus has led this company into becoming the biggest tour operator in Latin America.
His company was privately held for many years but he held an initial public offering about six years ago. Eight years ago the private equity firm Carlyle Group had purchased just over 63% of Guilherme Paulus’ company for about $420 million. It was in 2005 that he founded his second company, GJP Hotels and Resorts. He now owns more than 15 resorts and hotels located along the coast of Brazil. He is also seeking to build additional hotels near airports in that nation in order to capture the dollars of tourists and business travelers who fly to that nation.
Guilherme Paulus established CVC’s headquarters in the city of Sao Paulo. His company now has annual revenues of R $5.2 billion and he has been opening about 100 storefronts each year. He has storefronts in over 400 malls across the country and also places them inside of commercial galleries. He used to only open stores in cities with populations larger than 60,000 people but lately he has gone against this norm and is opening them in smaller towns.
In 2017 Guilherme Paulus was named Entrepreneur of the Year in the services category. He was interviewed by TV Dinheiro’s FOREIGN CURRENCY program for his thoughts on winning this prestigious award. When they were getting ready for the interview some of the people taping it were talking about going on vacation soon. True to form Guilherme Paulus handed them all his business cards and said that he would personally appoint some his staff to get them set up on vacation packages. During the interview itself he said that he hasn’t retired yet at age 68 because he really enjoys what he does for a living.