Entrepreneurs are not born, they are made. This is a statement that rings true for Guilherme Paulus, the billionaire founder of CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A and GJP. He was a man born in relative poverty and was unable to attend medical school for the same reason, but later pulled himself together and went on to become one of the wealthiest individuals in Brazil.
He has been able to build his businesses over the years with CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A taking him more than four decades to grow while GJP took a relatively short time to flourish in part due to his access to financial resources. The two companies are among the biggest in their respective fields with the GJP network playing host to 19 hotels while CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A is the largest operator in the country handling more than 3.5 million clients annually according to exame.abril.com.br. The companies even though different have been grown through the same principle that puts clients first and both placing a lot of value on innovation. These two companies are today known worldwide and are part of the fabric that makes Brazil a better tourist destination.
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Guilherme Paulus has ensured that CVC is present in as many cities as possible despite having an online platform where clients can book for services. He believes that customers who believe in one on one interaction deserve the chance to do so. GJP has also flourished under his leadership given that it was founded in 2005. Guilherme Paulus has ensured that he has been able to split his time evenly ensuring that he is up to date with each company’s development. This is return has given him a greater understanding of the day to day operations of each company, and as a result, he is able to better strategize for the future. CVC sold a majority stake to a private equity firm in 2009. This sale would enable Guilherme Paulus to focus more on GJP at a time when he was looking to expand its hotel presence near airports at a time when major sports events were coming to Brazil.