Brazil’s rapidly growing tourism industry has landed Guilherme Paulus into the Forbes billionaires list. In 2013, Forbes listed his net worth at 1.1 billion dollars. His career started in his 20’s while working as an intern at IBM. He later founded the world famous CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens and renown GJP Hotels and Resorts. Visit the website to learn more about Guilherme Paulus.

CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens, 1972

While still in his early 20’s, this 69-year-old self-made billionaire co-founded CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens, alongside Carlos Vicente Cerchiari, a small tour operator firm in Brazil. He later steered the firm’s growth single-handedly making it a renown travel firm in the whole of Latin America. This for-profit company offers both local and international travel packages in flight bookings, accommodation and on land tours and in sea luxury cruise. It also provides support services such as availing of local tour guides and language translators, exchange programmes for the youth and processing travel insurance and other concierge services. In 2009, 63.6% of this tour firm’s equity passed to the Carlyle Group for $420 million. Carlyle group being a private equity holder, publicly listed of CVC’s shares in 2013. After this acquisition, Guilherme Paulus remained active in the business as a current board member and advisor. Apart from making $5.2 billion annually, this company is also dynamic in various corporate social responsibility initiatives. The PIET project and the National Project of Professional Initiation in Tourism are some of CVC’s CSR’s beneficiaries.


GJP Hotels and Resort, 2005

Guilherme Paulus has also invested in the hospitality industry. In 2005, he built the GJP Hotels and Resorts. These string of 20 hotels and resorts strategically located in 12 of Brazil’s states close to Brazil’s airports. They employ up to 1,000 employees. Now, with the expected 2014 World Cup and the Summer Olympics of 2016, these hotels and resorts are projected to be fully booked for the two seasons.

Guilherme Paulus has received recognition both locally and internationally for his aggressive contribution to the tourism industry in Latin America. He resides in Sao Paulo Brazil. He is married and has two children. Visit Wikipedia to know more about GJP Hotels and Resorts.