Guilherme Paulus was born in Brazil. Guilherme Paulus joins the Forbes billionaires list as a result of Brazil's booming tourism sector. Paulus co-founded tour operator CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A. in 1972 at age 24. His partner was a Brazilian politician, who left the venture four years later. Under Paulus' leadership CVC has grown to become Latin America's largest tour operator. In late 2009, global private equity firm Carlyle group bought 63.6% stake in CVC a price estimated at $420 million. The company is expected to list its shares this year. In 2005, Paulus founded GJP Hotels and Resorts, which controls over 15 hotels and resorts in Brazil and is bidding to build and maintain hotels near airports in Brazil. The country expects a huge influx of visitors for the 2014 World Soccer Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. Paulus worked for IBM as an intern before he was 20.