At 17 Guilherme Paulus was already an intern at IBM. This would mark the beginning of his long journey to becoming the investor he is today. He has been able to overcome challenges in his personal as well professional life to go on to run two of the most successful companies within the Brazilian tourism sector. His companies GJP that was established in 2004 and CVC Brasil Operadora e Agência de Viagens S.A have been recognized and awarded nationally and internationally for the contribution they have made to the sector and for providing employment to thousands of Brazilians. The two companies have also proven that Brazil remains one of the best investment destinations as its industries continue to grow and more business moves into the country. The companies serve different needs, but are fundamentally serving the same client base.
GJP which is one of the biggest networks of hotels in Brazil was started in 2005. It has grown through the stewardship of Guilherme Paulus. He has grown it from an idea in his head to a company worth more than 600 million dollars. Find out more about Guilherme Paulus at abramark.com
CVC Brasil Operadora e Agência de Viagens S.A began as a travel agency, but was able to overcome that narrow niche it had initially focused on to become the biggest tour operator not only in Brazil but in Latin America. Those who have seen the company grow to understand the tenacity of Guilherme Paulus, who together with his partner began the company in 1974. The company was faced by a number of teething problems and his partner Carlos sold him his share and went to focus on other interests. Guilherme Paulus, however, chose to stick around and as the years went by, he was able to get clients. The company would become the first in Brazil to bring a cruise ship and has grown to own a number of them today. They were also the first company to charter airplanes for their clients at a time when the venture was losing the company more money than it was making but would eventually grow to be one of their most profitable.