When the sixty-eight-year-old began his company CVC at age twenty-four, he had enough motivation to want to succeed but may not have had the required skills to get to where he is today. Guilherme Paulus is however now one of the wealthiest men in Brazil. His belief in the power of entrepreneurship has paid off so well that his two companies are considered some of the largest investments in the Brazilian tourism sector. He has invested more than half a billion dollars in his GJP networks, which operates a chain of hotels located all over Brazil. The ability to turn opportunity into revenue has been on of Guilherme Paulus strong suits, and it began in 1972. Visit Guilherme Paulus at Forbes for more info.
He had just come from working for Casa Faro where he was an airfare salesman. He had been able to interact with different people while on the job and had been able to establish the niches that existed within the sector. Working with this understanding, he together with a deputy from the organization began a travel firm which would later be left to Guilherme Paulus. CVC was born at this point and despite it struggling for the first nine years to a point where Guilherme Paulus contemplated closing it down it is today the largest tour operator not only in Brazil but the entire Latin America. CVC has received numerous awards for its contribution to the Brazilian economy as well as helping improve world tourism.
CVC has grown under his leadership to a multi million-dollar company, and this was confirmed by a private equity group which offered 420 million dollars to acquire a 63 percent share of the business. This investment would be a big boost for the business as well as for Guilherme Paulus, who at the moment was busy investing in GJP. The sports event coming to Brazil had opened up the Brazilian tourism industry, and GJP was looking towards building new hotels, especially near major airports to tap into the numbers expected to stream in during these events. GJP has gone on to grow as CVC has done. Today CVC handles an average of 3.5 million passengers annually.