At just 24 years of age, Guilherme Paulus founded CVC, a Sao Paulo-based business which would become the largest tour operator in Latin America. After decades of steady growth, private equity firm Carlyle Group acquired a 60% stake in the company in 2009, with an IPO following in 2013. Since then, Guilherme Paulus has shifted his attention to hospitality. In fact, the seasoned entrepreneur founded GJP Hotels and Resorts, after seeing an opportunity in the surge of visitors to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup. Visit his facebook to learn more about his platforms.
IstoE magazine recently named Paulus Entrepreneur of the Year for his commitment to creating jobs and investing in Brazil. After his selling a majority stake in CVC and flipping low-cost Brazilian airline WebJet, Guilherme Paulus could have simply rested on his laurels. However, that is not Paulus’ style. Instead, he has invested R$600 million of his own money into his new hotel venture, which operates 20 hotels across 11 Brazilian states. GJP operates four hotel brands, including St. Andrews, which is a member of Relais & Châteaux and one of the most exclusive hotels in the country. The company also operates Linx, a chain of three-star hotels.
In 2018, new Linx hotels are planned in Juiz de Fora, a small city in Minas Gerais around three hours from Rio de Janeiro, as well as in Canoas, a medium-sized city in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. Paulus’ GJP also recently acquired a resort in the small coastal city of Porto Galinhas, located south of the Brazilian city of Recife.
As the founder of CVC, Guilherme Paulus built a fortune by offering the exciting prospect of travel to Brazil’s burgeoning middle class in the 1980s and 1990s. Now, he is banking on the future of Brazilian tourism, betting that both Brazilians and international tourists will continue to flock to the country’s cities and beaches.