SAS co-founders still rank among richest Americans
Posted September 21, 2011
Updated September 22, 2011
NEW YORK — Bill Gates tops this year's Forbes list of the 400 richest Americans, with a net worth calculated at $59 billion.
Meanwhile, Jim Goodnight and John Sall, the co-founders of Cary software developer SAS Institute, continue to rank high on the list.
Goodnight was 38th, with an estimated net worth of $7.1 billion, while Sall was 91st, with an estimated net worth of $3.5 billion.
Former University of North Carolina President C.D. Spangler, a Charlotte businessman, was the only other North Carolinian on the Forbes list. He ranked 273rd, with a net worth of $1.6 billion.
Forbes says Gates, the Microsoft co-founder, saw his wealth increase by $5 billion from last year.
Investor Warren Buffett ranks second, with a fortune of $39 billion, though Forbes says the Berkshire Hathaway Inc. chief executive's wealth shrank by $6 billion from a year ago.
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison rounds out the top three, with a net worth of $33 billion, a $6 billion increase from last year.
George Soros entered the top 10 list for the first time at seventh. Forbes estimates his wealth at $22 billion.
Three members of the Walton family, descendants of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton, also are among the top 10 wealthiest this year.