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Goodnight at No 141 among world's billionaires

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SAS boss Jim Goodnight's billions are enough to put him at No. 141 of Forbes magazine's list of the world's richest people.

With an estimated net worth of $6.9 billion, the SAS CEO and co-founder remains the richest North Carolinian, and one of only three Tar Heels on the Forbes list.

His SAS colleague John Sall ranks at No. 323 with $3.4 billion.

Last fall, on Forbes list of the richest Americans, those totals put Goodnight at No. 35, with Sall at No. 91.

Goodnight and Sall met at N.C. State and started SAS in 1976. The company sells software that allows banks, retailers, government agencies and other customers analyze vast amounts of data to spot trends and hone strategy.

The private company doesn't release detailed financial results, but reported that revenue rose 5.2 percent last year to $2.43 billion.

Clemmie Spangler of Charlotte is the only other Tar Heel on Forbes' latest list, at No. 736 with an estimated net worth of $1.7 billion.

Forbes reports that 214 people around the world became billionaires in 2010, bringing the total to 1,210. The U.S. is home to the most, 413.

Mexico's Carlos Slim was No. 1 on Forbes list again, with a net worth of $74 billion. Microsoft's Bill Gates was No. 2 with $56 billion, followed by Berkshire Hathaway's Warren Buffett with $50 billion.

Review the full Forbes list here.


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so the richest man in NC is

so the richest man in NC is an NC State graduate, didnt see that one coming. 

... and it wasn't even close.

Perhaps if John Edwards were to chase a few more ambulances and sell a few tell-all books about his morally-bankrupt lifestyle, he could close the gap with the NC State grads.

In all seriousness, Jim Goodnight and John Sall should be commended, not only for their outstanding achievements in the business world, but also for taking the high road to get there.  SAS has routinely ranked near the top of the Fortune list of best companies to work for, taking the top spot in 2010 if I'm not mistaken.

No person should have this

No person should have this much money.  It needs to be taken from him and redistrubuted.

Right libs?

Goes to show

that no matter how good you are, there is always someone, smarter, skinnier, richer and better looking than you.

Don't be jealous Mr Sall!

A $3.4 billion prize for second place is still good!

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Assistant Business Editor Alan M. Wolf joined the N&O in 1999 covering the business of health care. He became an editor in 2001, and helps oversee the paper's daily business coverage and Sunday Work&Money section. He lives in Clayton with his wife and two children. Reach him at 919-829-4572 or e-mail him.