Guilherme Paulus: Tourism Entrepreneur Who Became A Billionaire

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     Guilherme Paulus is one of the newest billionaires on the planet. The businessman from Brazil has been added to the annual billionaires’ list of the Forbes magazine, and it was explained how he managed to build his wealth through the creation of hotels and tour operator services. There is an increasing number of billionaires from Brazil, and one of the reason is that of their dedication to their profession and their determination to become wealthy. Guilherme Paulus held on to his dream to become a successful businessman someday, and he even served as an intern at IBM to increase his knowledge about the world of business.

The tourism entrepreneur from Brazil initially thought that if he would be creating a business, it should revolve around the tour operator services because it is always in high demand. He looked for a business partner and found a Brazilian politician who is willing to give him a hand. The two signed their partnership contract and established their tour operator services firm named CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A. It was a challenge to handle a tour operator business at first, but Guilherme Paulus managed to get the idea how it should be run, and under his leadership, the company became one of the leading tour operator services providers in the whole Latin American region.

Four years after the establishment of the CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A. in 1972, his business partner decided to leave the company, and they broke apart. It was a complicated turn of events for Guilherme Paulus, but he continued managing the tour operator services firm and added a few ventures into the company, including the establishment of his chain of resorts and hotels. It was established in 2005, and in just a short period, 15 branches were built all throughout the country. His resorts and hotels were also constructed strategically near airports to attract more guests.

Guilherme Paulus became a billionaire when his tour operator services firm started to partner with the Carlyle Group, which purchased more than $400 million worth of shares from the company. Aside from the partnership with a multinational private equity firm, Brazil’s hosting of two major sports events – the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 – boosted the country’s tourism industry, affecting his hotel business and tour operator services positively. He is optimistic that the increasing tourist arrivals in the country would benefit him more.