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Bowles, Burr to host economic summit at NCCU

UNC system President Erskine Bowles and Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., will host an economic summit Monday at N.C. Central University.
Panelists will examine the role the state's educational system plays in economic and workforce development.
Along with Burr and Bowles, speakers will include Scott Ralls, president of the N.C. Community College system, and SAS founder Jim Goodnight.
The event begins Monday at 9:30 a.m. at the H.M. Michaux, Jr., School of Education auditorium. That building is at the corner of Alston Avenue and Cecil Street.
For more information, contact Katie Jordan at events@burr.senate.gov or 202-224-3154.

Net worth of SAS co-founders takes hit in Forbes richest list

Despite losing nearly $2 billion of his net worth, Jim Goodnight remains the richest person in North Carolina and held on to the No. 33 spot in the Forbes magazine list of the 400 richest Americans.

Goodnight's net worth of $6.8 billion was down from $8.7 billion last year, Forbes reported. Goodnight, 66, is co-founder and CEO of SAS Institute, the Cary-based company that is the world's largest privately owned software maker.

John Sall, who co-founded SAS in 1976, also saw his ranking drop a bit, to No. 91 from No. 84 last year. His net worth declined to $3.4 billion from $4.4 billion.

The only other Tar Heel on the Forbes list was Clemmie Spangler Jr. of Charlotte, with a net worth of $1.65 billion, down from $2 billion last year. He is ranked No. 212 on the Forbes list.

Microsoft's Bill Gates topped the list, followed by investor Warren Buffett and Oracle CEO Lawrence Ellison.

See the full list here.

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