The Brazilian Entrepreneur That Became A Billionaire, Guilherme Paulus

Guilherme Paulus is a Brazilian businessman that has transformed a small travel agency into the largest tourist operator in Latin America. Guilherme was born in 1949 and now has almost 50 years of experience in the tourist industry. His original dream was to become a doctor, but his parents did not have the money to be able to help him pursue that career.

Guilherme still managed to go to a good school and earn a Business Administration degree. He then went on to work as an intern for IBM. He quickly grew frustrated with the numbers and calculations and realized that that type of work was not for him.

Guilherme Paulus saw an ad in the local newspaper that was placed by the Casa Faro travel agency. He took the opportunity and began working for Casa Faro. Guilherme quickly realized that he had a natural talent as a traveling salesman and found his passion in the tourist industry. He met a traveling politician named Carlos Vicente Cerchiari, and the politician offered Guilherme a partnership opportunity for the two to start up their own company. The two entrepreneurs founded the CVC travel agency in 1972. Carlos left the business venture four years later and sold his shares to Guilherme Paulus.

Guilherme Paulus was able to persevere through many obstacles and challenges and was able to make the CVC travel agency the largest tourist operator in all of Latin America. Even though it had already become a success, Guilherme knew that he could still take the company further by getting support from a global investment fund. Guilherme Paulus sold a part of the CVC to the global investment firm, the Carlyle Group in 2009. Guilherme is still owner of a third of the CVC. The CVC is now able to generate an annual revenue of $5.2 billion.

Guilherme went on to found the GJP Hotels and Resorts in 2005 and acquired the Webjet airlines in 2006. The GJP Hotels and Resorts network was started with only one establishment and is now one of the largest national hotel chains. Webjet airlines started off with one aircraft in its fleet and now has 20.