Who is the richest person in Raleigh?

It sounds like a trivia question, and when we asked our co-workers no one was quite sure of the answer. So if you’re also wondering, here’s the answer:

Mark Rein GDC 2008 Interview

Mark Rein, the vice president and co-founder of Epic Games, is a Toronto native who now resides in Raleigh with his wife, Tara, and their three children. Rein has current net worth of $1.1 billion, making him Raleigh’s richest person and the 2,428th richest person in the world.

Epic Games, a Cary, NC-based video game development company, was founded in 1991 and moved its headquarters to the Triangle area in 1999. It now has more than 250 employees worldwide and is renowned for creating the Unreal Engine technology, which has powered the Unreal series of first-person shooters, the Infinity Blade series for mobile platforms and the Gears of War series for Xbox 360.

In addition to his gaming endeavours, Rein is also a co-owner of the Carolina Hurricanes. Initially formed as the New England Whalers in 1971, the team that would later become the Carolina Hurricanes first made its mark on the NHL when they relocated to Hartford, Connecticut and rebranded themselves the Hartford Whalers. After nearly twenty years in Connecticut, the team moved to North Carolina in 1997 and changed their name to the Carolina Hurricanes. In 2006, the Hurricanes made history by winning their first Stanley Cup, solidifying their place in the NHL.

Here’s a few more wealthy individuals who call Raleigh home:

John McConnell, 67
Founder, McConnell Golf

McConnell, the largest owner of private clubs in the state, is seeing growth despite the drop in golf participation rates. He owns 10 courses and manages another two from Asheville to Myrtle Beach, which employs over 1,000 people. Before his current success, McConnell served as CEO of two medical-records software companies in the Triangle area, both of which were sold for a combined total of $1.2 billion.

Lew Ebert, 59
President and CEO, North Carolina Chamber

As the state’s economy hums along, many are taking credit. However, the Chamber Chief, Ebert, has been receiving national attention due to the Republicans’ passing of the sweeping federal tax bill. Since 2013, Ebert has been lobbying for state income tax cuts, which he believes have helped revive the economy. Prior to his post in 2006, Ebert had worked in state chambers in Kansas and Pennsylvania.

Greg Hatem, 57
Founder, Empire Properties

In 1995, when downtown Raleigh was still largely undeveloped, Hatem began a project to renovate more than 40 buildings and populate them with stores and eateries such as Sitti, honoring his Lebanese grandmother. Recently, the Roanoke Rapids native proposed a 12-story mixed-use building in the downtown warehouse district.

John Kane, 65
Founder, Kane Realty

John Kane, a graduate of Wake Forest University, transformed North Hills Plaza and North Hills Mall, making a lasting impact on the face of Raleigh. His company, established in 1978, was ahead of its time in promoting urban lifestyles. His newest development, the 18-story Dillon in downtown Raleigh, is set to open this year.

Jim Goodmon, 74
CEO, Capitol Broadcasting Co.
Jim Goodmon began his tenure at WRAL-TV 50 years ago as operations manager. In 1979, he was named CEO of the parent company, Capitol Broadcasting Company, which was previously owned by his grandfather, A.J. Fletcher. Since then, Capitol has grown to include sports and real estate investments, such as developing Durham’s American Tobacco Historic District and buying the Durham Bulls in 1991. Last year, his son, Jimmy, was appointed president and chief operating officer.

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