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.