Guilherme Paulus is quite successful by any standards today. To begin with, he owns two of the most significant investments in the Brazilian tourism sector and is listed as one of the wealthiest men in Brazil by Forbes Magazine. This is all self-made, having been born in a low-income family that would not afford to pay his tuition fee to attend Medical school after he completed his high school education. Despite the challenges he was facing he still knew he was smart and had to make something out of his life. Having not realized his college dream he knew that entrepreneurship would be his only way out. It was not however, lost on Guilherme Paulus that in order to achieve this he had to get some capital and this led him to IBM where he worked as an intern. His time here would expose him to the endless possibilities that the world held, but he also came to realize that this was not an industry for him and in order to achieve his dream he had to find one that fit him. This is how he came across an advertisement in the papers for a position at CASA Faro for an airfare salesman. He applied for the job and got it. During his time here, he met Carlos Vicente Cerchiari on one of his official trips. Carlos would become his future business partner. More about of Guilherme Paulus at Bloomberg.
Together the two men established CVC Brasil Operadora e Agência de Viagens S.A. The company was established in 1972 at the time he was 24 years old. Having no money, he chose to offer his expertise and time to acquire his share. In 1976 Carlos left the partnership, leaving the entire operation to Guilherme Paulus. He knew that in order to see CVC Brasil Operadora e Agência de Viagens S.A. grow he had to put in extra efforts despite being young and not having a lot going for him. For the next nine years, he was virtually working without earning anything, and he was barely breaking even. Guilherme Paulus contemplated closing the operation a number of times, but for one reason or the other managed to stay afloat.