At only 24 years old, Guilherme Paulus with the help of his co-founder, Carlos Vincente founded the Operadora e Agência de Viagens CVC Tour Ltda in 1972. CVC since its inception has risen to be a globally recognized tourism company. Guilherme later sold the company at $750 million. He, however, owns an 8% stake of the company. Paulus also owns the GJP hotels and resorts which are named after him, Guilherme de Jesus Paulus. It is the biggest tour operator in Latin America
Guilherme Paulus started to nurture his career when he was an IBM employee. Being an intern in IBM, Guilherme learned about how large organizations function and at only 20 years, he had a dream to apply his learning into the hospitality industry. Paulus is known for his approach of ‘one thing at a time, one resort at a time.’
GJP under Paulus has hotels and resorts throughout Brazil. With over 14 hotels, Paulus has employed over 2000 people who have served over 100,000 guests since GJP inception in 1995. GJP has hotels in Maceio, Recife, Salvador, Rio de Janeiro, and Sao Paulo. Guilherme, in addition to winning the award of the best Entrepreneur of the year award is one of the most successful businessmen in the tourism industry. Read more on istoedinheiro.com
Having business administration knowledge which he studied in college, his tourism career has been a success for the past five decades due to offering contemporary travel packages to his clients. Guilherme Paulus has also ventured into the aviation industry. In 2006, Paulus bought a struggling aviation company called Webjet which in 2006, he propelled Webjet to be the third biggest airline in Brazil. He later sold Webjet to GOL (Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA) in 2011.
In Brazil, he sits as a senior member of the National Tourism Council, Sao Paulo Convention, and Visitors Bureau, and the Brazilian Association of Travel Agencies. Due to the Brazilian booming tourism industry, Paulus joined the Forbes billionaires list with a net worth of over $1.1 billion. Guilherme is also recognized globally with awards like being an important developer in tourism by the French government among other awards.
Guilherme Paulus believes optimism and gratitude keep him going. He says he could not manage his hotels were it not for organization and planning for everything beforehand. Guilherme believes that the fear of the unknown is what stops many entrepreneurs. Acting on your dream boldly is the first step to success.
Vijay Eswaran is the founder and chairman of QI Group of Companies. The group is an e-commerce conglomerate with several businesses in telecommunications, direct sales, and retail. The group was founded in 1998. It also deals with education, conference management, and logistics. Vijay Eswaran says that the group cares about clients and meeting their needs. Since its foundation, the group diversified its services to increase clientele. Vijay Eswaran attended universities in the US and UK. He has a good track record of working for successful companies in different countries. He has worked in Canada, Australia, the US, and Europe. He returned to Asia in the 1990s to start his business.
Working for many companies was an eye-opener to Eswaran. He learned a lot about the business world and what it takes to succeed. He joined like-minded people to start a direct-selling company that has developed into a conglomerate. The QI Group is 18 years old and has offices across the world. Apart from his position in the group, Vijay Eswaran is a motivational speaker. He loves giving lectures on entrepreneurship and sharing his personal experience. He has travelled around the world to teach people the ropes of the business.
He has spoken in universities, business and management forums. Examples of forums he has spoken include Commonwealth Business Forum and World Economic Forum. He is a respected businessman who values feedback. Moreover, he is a philanthropist who loves giving back to the community; he started the RYTHM Foundation involved in philanthropic events in the world. Vijay Eswaran likes helping others rise through the ranks; He started the Vijayaratnam Foundation to honor his father’s memory. It works with other organizations to mentor children women, empowerment, and youth development.
Eswaran is passionate about education and supports special education. His charity organization has supported many students around the world. Forbes included him in Asia’s Annual List of Heroes of Philanthropy in 2011. It was a remarkable moment for him as he and the group. He has been awarded other philanthropic awards for his contributions to community development. Eswaran is also the author of the “Sphere of Silence” has been translated into several languages.