Goodnight is the chief executive officer of SAS Institute, the world's largest closely held software maker. The Cary, North Carolina-based company provides software and services to more than 50,000 sites in 134 countries and reported annual revenue of $2.73 billion in 2011. Goodnight owns two-thirds of the company; co-founder John Sall owns the rest.
Bloomberg Markets’ inaugural list of the world’s richest people showcases the billionaires who pull the levers on the global economy. Their net worth totals $2.7 trillion, about the size of the gross domestic product of France, the fifth-biggest economy on the planet.
Since taking office, President Barack Obama has been to North Carolina a dozen times -- and never set foot in South Carolina. Since clinching the Republican nomination, Mitt Romney has visited South Carolina once, while campaigning in North Carolina five times.
Businesses seeking more high-skilled labor must separate a drive for more foreign-worker visas from a broad -- and stymied -- Washington debate about overhauling U.S. immigration law, corporate executives and university presidents said at a roundtable discussion.