2017 entrepreneur of the year and influential international businessman, Guilherme Paulus has worked in the tourism industry for over 35 years. Guilherme has, from an early age is always displayed gifts of an intelligent and innovative businessman, landing an internship at IBM, he was under 20 years old.
Back in 1972 Guilherme Paulus and Carlos Vicente Cerchiari founded CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A. as a tourism firm. Carlos would walk away in 1974, leaving the company he cofounded two years earlier to be controlled by Guilherme. Guilherme Paulus through business innovation and expansion has grown CVS to be one of the largest tourism firms a far cry from where they started in 1972. Today accounting for over 3000 jobs created and 1000 suppliers, Guilherme Paulus is one of the most liked businessmen in the country. In 2017 Paulus was nominated Entrepreneur of the year from his large charitable donations and his innovative business strategies, which account for many jobs in the country.
Throughout his business career, Guilherme Has always displayed a talent to identify opportunities. In 2005, he positioned himself to make a huge investment in hotels and resorts and founded what will be known as GJP Hotels and Resorts. Who is amounts that the World Cup would be in Brazil in 2014 and the Summer Olympics in 2016, Guilherme’s GJP Group was perfectly positioned to take advantage of the huge number of tourists that would come to Brazil for the World Cup and the Olympics. In 2013, he would be added to Forbes elite billionaires list.
Today, he continues to be one of the most influential and essential businessmen in the country. The Carlyle Group, which is a private equity firm had purchased a large portion of the company a deal that was valued at over $400 Million. There are plans to take CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A. public in 2018, later this year.
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