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#342 John Sall $5.14B

Random fact: A piano player is routinely stationed in the SAS cafeteria.

Overview

Sall is a co-founder and executive vice president of SAS Institute, the world's largest closely held software maker. The Cary, North Carolina-based company provides software and data services to more than 80,000 sites worldwide and had $3.2 billion of revenue in 2016. The billionaire owns one-third of the company.

As of July 26, 2017:
Last change +$6.46M (+0.1%)
YTD change +$531M (+11.5%)
Industry Technology
Biggest asset SAS Institute
Citizenship United States
Age 69
Wealth Self-made
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The majority of Sall's fortune is derived from his one-third stake in SAS Institute. The world's largest closely held software company had revenue of $3.2 billion in 2016, a 1.3 percent increase from the previous year, according to the company's website. It doesn't publish any other financial information.

The valuation of SAS is based on the average sales-to-Ebitda multiple of four publicly traded peer companies: Oracle, SAP, Microsoft and CA.

Beverly Brown, a spokeswoman for SAS, declined to comment on Sall's net worth.

Biography

Birthdate: 4/4/1948
Family: Married, 4 children
Education: Bachelor's Degree, History, Beloit College Master's Degree, Economics, Northern Illinois University

John Sall was born in Rockford, Illinois, in 1948. He received a bachelor's degree in history from Beloit College in Wisconsin and a master's degree in economics from Northern Illinois University. Sall subsequently enrolled in a statistics PhD program at North Carolina State University, where he met James Goodnight, a professor.

Sall joined Goodnight and two others in founding SAS in 1976. Created as an analytics specialist for big pharmaceutical and agriculture businesses, the Cary, North Carolina-based company now provides business intelligence software and services to a broad client base, including utilities, communications companies, schools, banks and casinos. The company had $3.2 billion of revenue in 2015.

Sall is married with four children.

Milestones
  • 1948 John Sall is born in Rockford, Illinois.
  • 1972 Enrolls in statistics PhD program at North Carolina State University.
  • 1976 Founds SAS Institute with Goodnight, Jim Barr and Jane Helwig.
  • 1989 JMP launches.
  • 1996 Co-founds the college prep school Cary Academy.
  • 1999 Annual revenue tops $1 billion.
  • 2003 Receives honorary doctorate from North Caroline State University.
  • 2017 SAS software installed in more than 83,000 client sites.