Guilherme Paulus joined the much-coveted Forbes billionaires list with a net worth of $1.1 billion. He is a global entrepreneur and a Brazilian hotelier who has built an empire from scratch. From an IBM intern to an influential businessperson in the world, Paulus has an incredible success story.
In 1972, Paulus co-founded CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens. He has led the company to become the biggest tour operator in Latin America. Apart from the CVC, Paulus also founded GJP Hotels and Resorts that manage over 15 hotels and resorts across Brazil and employ 5,000 people.
Surprisingly, the idea to create CVC was not Guilherme Paulus’ but his co-founder’s Carlos Vicente Cerchiari. Carlos shared with Paulus his interest in starting a tourist agency in Santo Andre. By then, Paulus was a young person working at Casa Faro and did not have the funds to invest in the idea. Carlos proposed that he provides the funds while Paulus provides the groundwork and initial efforts to start the venture. Paulus was motivated for this project and gladly accepted the unique challenge the opportunity presented. When it came to selecting a location for the project, he chose a place outside a movie theatre with a consistent flow of people.
Throughout his career, Guilherme Paulus exhibited sound reputation, positive attitude, and entrepreneurial drive. Paulus contends that listening to his employees and customers is a fundamental ingredient in his success. Although as a prestigious entrepreneur it is easy to neglect employees and customers, Paulus chooses not to. Interacting with clients and staff members enabled Paulus to be attentive to their needs and make travel packages that meet their expectations. Also, he advises that social accountability is vital to give back to society and help the less fortunate. As an exemplary hotelier, Guilherme Paulus has received numerous awards and recognition at home and abroad.
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