Guilherme Paulus is known for making himself a billionaire through tourism. He always had a spot for entrepreneurship, but really got his start in 1972 at the age of 24 when a man named Carlos Vicente Cerchiari made a proposition with him. Carlos, a state deputy at the time, threw up the proposal that if Guilherme Paulus would put in the work, he would put in the money and they could start a hotel business together. This idea excited Paulus and so, CVC Brasil Operadora was born.
Guilherme Paulus worked with Carlos for 4 years before deciding to branch out on his own. He now still owns CVC and also, he owns GJP Hotels and Resorts. Guilherme Paulus owns over 20 hotels and resorts through GJP at which he employs over 5,000 people, and through which over 95,000 people have visited and stayed. He opened his first hotel through GJP in 1995.
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To be successful, Guilherme Paulus says he sits down at the beginning of every week and writes out his weekly schedule. He does a lot of traveling between his hotels so, this helps to keep him organized and know where he needs to be each day. His advice to anyone trying to get into the entrepreneur business is to always ask for help when you need it. Listen to your elders, they have the knowledge to help you. He says to make a dream become a reality you must truly enjoy what you do and be courteous to your consumers.
In 2009, Paulus sold a pretty large part of his companies to the Carlyle Group. In 2013, CVC was known as a $5.2 billion dollar company! Just last year, in 2017, Paulus was named Entrepreneur Of The Year! Even though he started out as just an intern for a company called IBM, Paulus is living proof that anyone can take themselves to the top if they just believe and work hard. He is considered one of the most dominating entrepreneurs in Brazil.
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