Who are the richest people in NC and what are their net worths? Real-time data

North Carolina’s wealthiest person has seen an increased estimated net worth since Forbes released its annual billionaires list in April.

SAS co-founder and CEO James Goodnight, 80, ranked at No. 305 on the Forbes Billionaires list with an estimated net worth of $7.4 billion, using March 2023 data. Goodnight has a real-time net worth of $9.5 billion dollars, as of June 20, 2023. His Real Time Billionaires ranking is No. 212 among the world’s wealthiest people.

Goodnight, who lives in Cary, co-founded SAS in 1976 with John Sall. The two met while Goodnight was a PhD student at North Carolina State University. The analytics software company, which is privately held, had 2021 revenues of $3.2 billion, according to Forbes.

Other facts about Goodnight:

Goodnight said in 2021 that he plans to take SAS public via an initial public offering by 2024.

On Forbes’ 400 Self-Made Score, ranking the richest people who “boot-strapped” their way to wealth on a scale of 1 to 10, Goodnight is ranked an “8.” (Those ranking an “8” are described as “self-made who came from a middle-class or upper-middle-class background.”)

Goodnight and SAS co-founder Sall also co-founded Cary Academy, a private school in Cary, and co-own the Umstead Hotel and Spa.

Forbes magazine gave Jim Goodnight of SAS a real-time net worth of $9.5 billion on June 20, 2023 Forbes
Forbes magazine gave Jim Goodnight of SAS a real-time net worth of $9.5 billion on June 20, 2023 Forbes

Epic Games’ Tim Sweeney’s Real-Time Billionaire ranking

Tim Sweeney, founder of Epic Games in Cary, ranked No. 508 with a net worth of $4.7 billion in the April list.

His real-time net worth remained the same on June 20, 2023, but his real-time ranking fell to 595.

See the full list of Forbes’ Real-Time Billionaires at forbes.com/real-time-billionaires

Who tops the 2023 Forbes World Billionaires list?

  1. Bernard Arnault and family: France, Fashion & retail, $211 billion

  2. Elon Musk: United States, automotive, $180 billion

  3. Jeff Bezos, United States, technology, $114 billion

  4. Larry Ellison, United States, technology, $107 billion

  5. Warren Buffett, United States, finance, $106 billion

  6. Bill Gates, United States, technology, $104 billion

  7. Michael Bloomberg, United States, media, $94.5 billion

  8. Carlos Slim Helu & family, Mexico, telecom, $93 billion

  9. Mukesh Ambani, India, diversified, $83.4 billion

  10. Steve Ballmer, United States, technology, $80.7 billion

See the full list of the world’s wealthiest people at forbes.com/billionaires.