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Guilherme Paulus: The Newest Brazilian Billionaire

     Guilherme Paulus is a Brazilian businessman who recently joined the list as one of the wealthiest people in Brazil. He was recently included in the Forbes billionaires list, making him one of the newest billionaires in the country. He found his success in the tourism sector, and he benefited a lot from the country’s growing tourism. At the age of 24, he co-founded the tour operating company called the CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A., and it was established back in the year 1972. He partnered with a politician who gave him so many advantages, but it left the company four years after its establishment. The CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A. became the largest tour operator in South America under the leadership of Guilherme Paulus, and he did everything to make his business known all throughout the continent.

The CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A. gained the attention of larger multinational firms, and in 2009, 63.6% of the company was bought by the Carlyle Group. The price of the stake that they purchased is about $420 million, and it was expected for the company to list the number of its shares in the same year. Aside from overseeing the tour operating services, Guilherme Paulus decided to venture into the hospitality industry by founding the GJP Hotels and Resorts back in the year 2005. His new venture gave him the capability to control 15 hotels and resorts all throughout the country, and he kept on buying out new properties where he could build his hotel and resort. He preferred those properties which are near the airports so that tourists can be drawn easier. During the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, Guilherme Paulus generated a lot of income because of the influx of tourists in the country.

Guilherme Paulus found his success in the tourism industry, and he stated that everything would not be possible if he never learned how to become a successful businessman. He thanked everyone who mentored him because, through the knowledge they provided, he learned a lot of things. He emphasized the time when he was still working with IBM back when he was a teenager. He worked at the tech giant as an intern, but this new world gave him an insight into what happens outside. He shared that his experience working with IBM developed some of his skills and expertise in the world of business today.

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