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Profession: Businessperson
Date of Birth: Jan 6, 1943
Nicknames: Jim Goodnight
Country: United States of America
James Goodnight is the CEO of the software company SAS, with a net worth of $6.9 billion. James Goodnight accumulated his net worth through his interest in computer technology and with his constant development of new products for the company SAS, as well as owner of the Prestonwood Country Club. He was born in Salisbury, North Carolina U.S.
James "Jim" Goodnight (b. January 6, 1943) is the CEO of SAS Institute and is generally recognized as the wealthiest man in the state of North Carolina and one of the wealthiest in the world.
He was born in Salisbury, NC and lived in Greensboro, NC until his family moved to Wilmington, North Carolina when he was 12. As a youth, he often worked in his father's hardware store in Wilmington. His parents, Albert Goodnight and Dorothy Patterson Goodnight, are deceased. Even at a young age, mathematics and chemistry were his strongest subjects-thanks in part, he says, to a "wonderful chemistry teacher" at New Hanover High School. He applied to North Carolina State University in Raleigh and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and opted for NC State in part because of his friendship with Roman Gabriel, a star football player from Wilmington who went on to an All-American career as a quarterback for the Wolfpack. While attending State, Goodnight became friends with Bruce Griffith, who, with Goodnight's insight into technology, went on to become a billionaire in the forest products and private equity industries.
Goodnight fell in love with computers in the one computer course he took at NC State in his sophomore year. "In mid-stream, a light went on, and I fell in love, making machines which do things for other people," he says. The following summer he got a job writing programs for the agricultural economics department. The intrigue never waned. A few years later, while working on his master's, his curiosity was piqued over the prospect of man being sent to the moon. His programming skills helped him land a position with a company building electronic equipment for the ground stations that would communicate with the Apollo space capsules. Goodnight met his wife, Ann, while he was a senior at NC State and she was attending Meredith College.
Goodnight also owns Prestonwood Country Club, located in Cary, North Carolina. Prestonwood is known for its restaur

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