September 23, 2018 · Businessman, Entrepreneur · (No comments)

Shiraz Boghani of Splendid Hospitality is an entrepreneur and philanthropist in the United States. He was recognized as the “Hotelier of the year” during the Asian business awards in the year 2016. He started his career as an accountant after moving to the UK in 1969. He is currently a Chartered Accountant. Since then, he has been working on building more hotels and has 25 high-end hotels all under the Splendid Group of Hotels. Having spent over 30 years in the hospitality industry, Shiraz Boghani has earned a reputation as one of the most experienced hoteliers. Read more about Shiraz Boghani at Hospitalitynet.

Under his leadership, Shiraz Boghani has been able to direct the company to higher heights and investments. Some of the most notable hotels under his brand include The Grand Hotel and Spa, 336 bedroom Holiday Inn and the 292 bedroom Hilton London Bankside, the Conrad London St James, Holiday Inn London amongst many others.

Shiraz Boghani also has a very strong commitment towards his community. He thus plays very major roles in quite a number of charitable organizations. He also gets involved in lots of voluntary services. His charity works include the Aga Khan Foundation in the UK. Boghani in the past has held a number of leadership positions in the Ismaili Community. Such positions include:-

  • Chairman of the National Conciliation and Arbitration Board and Resource Development Convener for the Aga Khan University
  • Member of the National Council.

Shiraz recently launched the Hilton London Bankside. This stylish hotel presents the new face of the Hotel Industry in the UK. More recently, he acquired the New Ellington in Leeds and the Mercure Bristol Brigstow Hotel as well.

The Splendid group is growing quite fast and has been ranked as the quickest growing privately owned hotels in the United Kingdom. This has been attributed by the group’s chairman dedicated efforts towards a better hotel industry in future.

Shiraz Boghani has been described as an astute businessman that is not shy to try out new investments even when the risk involved seems considerably large. The UK hotel industry for many years has been defined by the Splendid Group’s investments.

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Guilherme Paulus has recently been put on the cover of the Brazilian magazine IstoE Dinheiro as one of the entrepreneurs of the year. The title goes to all of the successful Brazilian entrepreneurs who were able to defeat pessimism with politics and the economy and invested their talents to put the country back into the path of development. Guilherme Paulus has co-founded the CVC travel agency, founded the GJP Hotels and Resorts, and acquired and transformed the Webjet airlines. Visit to learn more.

The Brazilian entrepreneur co-founded the CVC travel agency after meeting the politician Carlos Vicente Cerchiari during a trip. Carlos offered Guilherme a business partnership and the two soon founded the CVC travel agency in 1972. Carlos left the business venture only four years after the founding of the CVC. Guilherme Paulus continued to lead the CVC to success. It soon became the largest tourist operator in Latin America. Guilherme sold part of the CVC to the global investment firm the Carlyle Group in 2009. Guilherme sold the company for an estimated $750 million and is still 8% owner.

Guilherme Paulus founded the GJP network in 2005. The GJP is a hotel and resorts chain that has 19 buildings all over the country of Brazil. The hotel chain has four categories for different types of customers. It has Wish, the top of the line. Prodigy, the four star buildings. Linx, the three star hotels. And Saint Andrews, the premium line that is located in Gramado, Rio Grande do Sul. The GJP netword has won the award for the best golf hotel in Brazil by the World Golf Awards in 2017. Guilherme has invested approximately $600 million in hotels, and he currently employs about 1.9 thousand people.

Guilherme moved on to the aviation industry soon after founding the GJP network. He acquired the Webjet airlines in 2006 and has managed to turn it into the third largest airline in Brazil. At the time of its acquisition, Webjet had only one aircraft in its fleet. Guilherme led the airline for a few years and managed to grow the number of aircraft in Webjet’s fleet to 20. He sold it to Gol in 2011.

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Success in investments could be a complex mix of rational analysis, risk-management and a whole lot of unknown fortuitous variables that are too complicated to calculate. This means that it helps to be largely conservative in one’s management of investments to survive in trading. As Warren Buffet said, take all the risks you want but make sure you don’t forget that tomorrow, you still have to show up for work. Fortunately for Chief Investment Officer Sahm Adrangi of Kerrisdale Capital Management, LLC, he understands the value of being conservative and the importance of giving negative reports.

In the last negative report given by Sahm Adrangi for St. Joe Company, he argued that there’s too much misleading information about the firm. He believes that St. Joe Company’s calculation of the value of their real estate ventures could be far out or off the mark. He also believed that St. Joe’s real market value could even be lower because of the situation that its main investor, Fairholme Fund, is experiencing. The shareholder is still under investigation or processing because of the new SEC liquidity rules that will make or break the real value of the firm. This new regulation could even force St. Joe Company to force-sell its assets.

Secondly, it is seen through the analysis of Kerrisdale that no big improvement can be observed on St. Joe’s plans for their real estate project. The channel checks from Kerrisdale even saw no significant activity regarding building department inquiries over their product offerings. This leads Sahm Adrangi to argue that it’s too much of a stretch to believe in the current $1 billion assessment of the market value of the entire St. Joe Company’s projects. Such valuation could not match the current progress of the firm.
What makes Kerrisdale Capital’s assessment of St. Joe Company significantly reliable is the fact that Mr. Sahm Adrangi is the Founder itself of Kerrisdale Capital, so he holds accountable for whatever advice he gives out to his clients. He is also an experienced investment analyst, especially from his equity fund experience at Longacre Fund Management.