Guilherme Paulus is one of the most resilient men in business today. Despite the numerous frustrations and financial hiccups, he went through in the seventies and eighties he still managed to pull himself together and today is a constant feature on the Forbes List of Billionaires. His growth as a person and businessman has been remarkable having started working at twenty when he joined IBM as an Intern. It was during this time that he learnt about the power of innovation and computing. Looking back Guilherme Paulus also admits that it was his period of realization that he would never fully fit into the world of computers. He moved from IBM to Casa Faro travel agency where he learnt the ropes on what the tour industry entailed, what niches existed and how one would invest in the same. Within two years he had left the organization and at the tender age of 24 Co-founded CVC a tour company. In 1979 he was on the verge of closing the company after facing a myriad of challenges, especially a government tax system that had been introduced which saw the government hold their money for more than a year and subjected to multiple inspections. This would, however, change when Guilherme Paulus received a call from Mercedes Co inviting him to bid for a job to take its employees on tour. After they were awarded the job their profile rose and from that point on there as no turning back. He focused all his energies on growing CVC by constantly innovating and introducing new concepts and products to its clients. By early 2000 the company was doing extremely well and it was during this period that he was invited for an interview with the reporter keen to know whether they would be interested in taking the company public. It was not something that Guilherme Paulus had considered at that point, but it was a concept he was open to. Following the interview, the interest in CVC spiked will numerous banks wanting to know more about their model and what they did. However, in the midst of all this Carlyle a private equity firm was able to offer the best deal, offering to buy approximately 60 percent for R $ 700 million.
This sale ensured that the company would always be well-financed while Guilherme Paulus was able to concentrate his efforts on GJP another company he owns that runs a chain of hotels and resorts.