Guilherme Paulus is a Brazilian businessman from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Throughout all his difficulties coming up as an entrepreneur in Brazil, Guilherme Paulus eventually succeeded in making a name for himself as a successful businessman.
For a short period, he led a tourism firm in his country. But soon after, he decided to continue his studies in business. When he completed that, Paulus started a career at IBM as an intern. Several years later, he went on to form his own company. Now, he’s considered as one of the most influential entrepreneurs in Brazil. After all, his company is now worth billions of dollars. More of Guilherme Paulus at Forbes
Guilherme Paulus started his first partnership in 1972 when he was only 24 years old. The establishment was with Carlos Vicente Cerchiari who was a local government official at the time. Together they formed a new company and names it CVC, which is also known as Operadora e Agencia de Viagens CVC Tour Ltda. The two men agreed that Mr. Cerchiari would offer the investment to create the company and Guilherme Paulus will be behind everyday operations since the project was his idea, to begin with. As Mr. Paulus planned, the idea behind CVC was to expand and bring tourism to Brazil. However, years after opening their first location, Mr. Cerchiari decided to depart from the partnership. However, after his departure, business at CVC would continue to thrive and drive people to Brazil.
After the stunning success of CVC, Paulus decided to sell the business. After several negotiations and offers, he finally sold 63% of the company for $750 million to the Carlyle Group. His goal was to be able to finance more of his dreams so that could eventually dominate the tourism industry in his country. Today, CVC’s annual sales are more than $5.2 billion, and they continue to increase every year. As of now, Mr. Paulus is establishing around 100 stores each year. Therefore, you can find a CVC just about anywhere you go in Brazil, even in less populated areas.
In brief, what helped Mr. Paulus overcome all his obstacles and become a famous entrepreneur is his strong belief in listening. According to Guilherme Paulus, “We must listen to our elders if we want to learn more about life.”