Jim Goodnight and John Sall, the co-founders of software powerhouse SAS in Cary, are both ranked among the world’s richest 300 people, according to the latest World’s Billionaire list from Forbes magazine.

Fellow North Carolinian C.D. Spangler also made the list as did David Murdock, who owns the North Carolina Biotechnology Campus in Kannapolis. 

It’s the 25th anniversary of the financial rankings by the magazine.

Goodnight, 69, ranks No. 125 with a net worth of $7.3 billion as of this month, Forbes reported Wednesday. That’s up $400 million from a year ago.

Sall ranks No. 296 with a net worth of $3.7 billion. His fortune increased $300 million.

SAS also had a good year, with sales rising 12 percent to a record $2.72 billion, Forbes noted. The company was founded in 1976 and has been profitable 36 consecutive years. 

Both men rose several spots in the rankings.

Goodnight climbed from No. 141 a year ago as his net worth improved from $6.9 billion.

Sall was No. 323 in 2001 with a fortune of $3.4 billion.

Both men’s holdings were up from Forbes’ report last September for its “Richest Americans” list when Goodnight was worth $7.1 billion and Sall $3.5 billion.

The number of world billionaires also increased to a record 1,226. Forbes reported.

Spangler, who lives in Charlotte, ranks No. 804 at $1.6 billion.

Murdock, who lives in California and maintains a residence in Kannapolis, ranks No. 442 at $2.7 billion.

Who are the richest?

“Carlos Slim Helú (#1) takes the top spot,” Forbes noted in a release.

“With a net worth of $69 billion, the telecom magnate from Mexico is the world’s richest person for the third year in a row.

“Bill Gates retains the #2 spot with a net worth of $61 billion, followed by Warren Buffett (#3) with a net worth of $44 billion and Europe’s richest person, Bernard Arnault (#4) with $41 billion.

“Amancio Ortega (#5) of Spain joins the Top 5 for the first time, with a net worth of $37.5 billion, an increase in fortune of $6.5 billion from 2011.”

For more from Forbes, read here.

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