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SAS founders Goodnight, Sall on Forbes rich list

SAS co-founder and CEO Jim Goodnight remains the richest man in North Carolina, by far.

Goodnight, 67, took the No. 35 spot on Forbes latest list of the 400 richest Americans, with an estimated net worth of $6.9 billion.

His partner at Cary-based SAS, John Sall, 62, came in at No. 90, with a net worth of $3.4 billion.

Goodnight held the No. 33 spot on last year's Forbes list, with an estimated net worth of $6.8 billion. Sall had the No. 91 spot with $3.4 billion.

Goodnight shares the No. 35 spot on this year's list with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, 26.

Goodnight and Sall met at N.C. State and started SAS in 1976.

SAS co-founders Goodnight and Sall haven't gotten Buffett's call

Jim Goodnight and John Sall, the Triangle's two richest men, apparently haven't gotten a call from Warren Buffett, yet.

The billionaire investor this week released a list of 40 ultra-rich people who have joined his pledge to give more than half their wealth to charity. Buffett noted that he's contacted 70 to 80 people on the Forbes magazine list of the richest people and plans to keep pushing others to sign on.

“We don’t give up on them,” Buffett said. “Every saint has a past, every sinner has a future, so we’ll keep working.”

SAS co-founders Goodnight, above left, and Sall, right, haven't been contacted, said Beverly Brown, a spokeswoman for the Cary software company.

Goodnight held the No. 33 spot on the last Forbes list of the 400 richest Americans, with an estimated net worth of $6.8 billion. Sall had the No. 91 spot with $3.4 billion.

Brown declined to comment on whether the two men are considering joining Buffett's pledge. "They are making a significant impact through donations of technology to schools and the Goodnight Educational Foundation," she wrote in an e-mail.

Julian Robertson mulls Tiger fund expansion

Legendary investor and Tar Heel native Julian Robertson is considering reopening his hedge fund to the outside world, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Robertson, 78, has beefed up the management ranks of his Tiger Management LLC, with the possibility of taking on money for outside investors again.

Robertson closed the fund a decade ago after it lost billions. He then reinvented Tiger as an incubator for new money managers. The firm now holds stakes in 40 Tiger "seeds," which are hedge funds that started with the help of Tiger money.

Details and timing are still being worked out, the Wall Street Journal reported.

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