Three from North Carolina make Forbes richest Americans list

Three familiar names from North Carolina landed on Forbes magazine’s annual list of the 400 richest Americans.

James Goodnight, chief executive of Cary-based software maker SAS Institute, topped the rankings released Monday at No. 63, with a net worth of $7.5 billion. He was followed by SAS co-founder John Sall at No. 145 ($3.7 billion) and Charlotte businessman C.D. “Dick” Spangler at No. 278 ($2.3 billion).

From South Carolina, Charleston’s Anita Zucker, CEO of the InterTech Group, was No. 271 in the rankings, with a net worth of $2.4 billion.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates held the No. 1 spot with a net worth of $81.2 billion.