The Forbes magazine recently announced the inclusion of Guilherme Paulus as the newest billionaire on their list. The Brazilian businessman is most well-known for his ventures in the tourism industry. He is the founder of the CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A., a tour operator services founded in 1972, and the GJP Hotels and Resorts founded in 2005. Before he entered the world of entrepreneurship, Guilherme Paulus worked with IBM as an intern. He was only turning 20 years old back then, but he decided to join the tech company to see how working for a company would look like.
When he was already 24 years old, he decided to establish a company that would serve the slowly growing tourism industry in the country. He tapped the assistance of a Brazilian politician and explained that he would like to become partners with him. Together, they created the CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A. in 1972, and the company would specialize in tour operator services. Their partnership is only short-lived, as his political partner severed their ties four years later. Guilherme Paulus was left alone managing the business, but it did not stop him from transforming the business into one of the most in-demand tour operator services in Latin America.
As the CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A. became a hit, especially for tourists visiting countries in the Latin American region, Guilherme Paulus thought of another business idea that would add more profit to his net worth. He decided to establish a hotel and resort business and founded the GJP Hotels and Resorts in 2005. The company grew tremendously, creating more than 15 branches in a decade. The resorts that he built were also near the airports, and it gave him an advantage over his competitors because the people would rather stay in a place near the airport because it would no longer require them to travel near the city center. His hotels are also affordable and offer world-class service, making it attractive to travelers of all type.
Guilherme Paulus experienced another growth in his net worth when two major events in sports were held in Brazil. The first one was the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and the second one was the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics. The two consecutive sporting events drew millions of tourists into the country, and he took advantage of the tourist influx by promoting his businesses, which was a success.