Jim Goodnight and John Sall, co-founders of the Cary software firm SAS, were among three North Carolinians on Forbes magazine's annual list of the world's billionaires.
Forbes listed Goodnight’s net worth at $7.3 billion, putting him 125th on the list, and Sall’s at $3.7 billion, ranking him 296th.
The third North Carolinian on the list was Charlotte businessman C.D. "Dick" Spangler. Spangler ranked 804th on the list, with a fortune estimated at $1.6 billion, according to the magazine.
All told, Forbes reported that a record 1,226 people around the globe have a net worth in the ten digits. That’s up 1 percent from last year’s total.
Carlos Slim of Mexico remained the world’s richest man for the third year in a row with a $69 billion fortune, down $5 billion from last year. Forbes attributed the drop in Slim’s fortune to the decline in share prices for regional cell phone carrier America Movil, his largest holding.