Brazil has infamously faced some of the hardest economic and political strife of any developed nation. For many years, it wasn’t clear whether the country would survive another blow to their economy. Still, the Brazilian people fought hard and eventually overcame their depressive state, earning them a spot as one of the wealthiest nations in the world.
Now, Brazil’s ever-growing economy is reaching out to more international investors. As the country brings in more global visitors, its tourism industry is steadily growing as well. Leading that sector for the past 50 years is Guilherme Paulus, founder of CVC.
Guilherme Paulus began his career as a newly graduated student eager to dominate tourism. With a degree in Business Administration and a newly formed partnership, Paulus established a small tour operator agency in Santo Andre, a municipality in Sao Paulo, Paulus’ birthplace. After his partner, Carlos Vicente Cerchiari left him to run the business alone, Guilherme Paulus took charge and began growing the company. Read more about Guilherme Paulus at Crunchbase.
Before long, CVC was the largest tour operator in Latin America, making Paulus hungry for success. When he could grow his company no more, he began supporting international investments. In 2009, the Carlyle Group bought a major percentage of CVC for $420 million.
Working with the Carlyle Group grew CVC even bigger. The company remained privately held until 2013 when Paulus began thinking about leaving. He later sold all but eight percent of the company to some other executives for $750 million. With that eight-percent ownership, he ensured that he also had a financial cushion.
The business he began exploring after selling much of CVC is a risky business. In 2005, Guilherme Paulus began testing the hospitality industry, seeing if it was a good investment. As Brazil’s tourism grew, so did the need for higher-quality hotels and resorts.
In 2005, he founded GJP Hotels and Resorts, building establishments all over Brazil. Currently, running golf resorts is his main focus. One of his establishments was even named the Best Golf Hotel in 2017.