A few years ago no one would have thought that being a pastor could be a ticket to fortune and wealth, but times have changed. Below is a list of 10 Richest Pastors who are raking in megabucks as they spread the word.
Being a cleric has never been so profitable ask Nigerian pastor David Oyedepo whose net worth sits at $150 million. Oyedepo also known as “papa” is the founder of Living Faith Church World Wide. The man Of God is not shy of splurging his wealth on the good life. He owns a Rolls-Royce Phantom and a fleet of private jets.
The American Evangelist has been spreading the word since 1983 when he established the Orlando Christian Center. Hinn’s popularity has continued to soar through the years, which has seen him become one of the richest pastors with a net worth of $42 Million. His ability to “cure” terminal illnesses such as cancer has, however, been a source of controversy.
Joel’s high-watt charisma has endeared audiences all over the world. He is the senior pastor of Lakewood Church, which was founded by his late father John Osteen. Today, Lakewood stands as the largest and fastest growing church in America. With over 38,000 attendees every week, the Church undoubtedly brings in thousands. But Joel’s appeal transcends the altar; he is also a bestselling author. His net worth stands at $40 million.
Oyakhilome is yet another Nigerian Pastor who is making some good money from the church ministry. He is the man behind Christ Embassy, a church and mission group with offices in United Kingdom, USA, and South Africa. Forbes estimates Pastor Chris’ net worth to be between $30-50 million.
His name screams money, and he does have a lot of it. Pastor Dollar is one of the prominent African-American pastors in the USA. His World Changers International commands a huge following with 30,000 followers stemming from the Atlanta region alone. His net worth is estimated at $27 million, but it could be more. He is known to be quite privy when it comes to his financial assets.
Graham is the longest serving Evangelical Pastor on our list with his ministry dating back to the 1940s. His spiritual allure has seen him become the advisor of several presidents including Lyndon Johnson. The 95 year old pastor whose net worth stands at $25 million remains one of the most revered clerics of the 20th century.
Besides being the pastor of the eighth largest church in the USA( Saddleback Church), Rick has also authored numerous Christian books which have sold millions of copies. While some of the pastors on our list live multi-million dollar lifestyles, Rick’s lifestyle is considerably down to earth. He admittedly gives away 90% of his income and lives off 10%. He is worth $25 Million.
This Charismatic Bishop has managed to capture the hearts of many Christians. He is the founder and chief pastor of The Potter’s House which boasts of having 30,000 members. His net worth of $18 million largely stems from his ministry, but besides being a fiery Bishop, he is also an author and an actor.
Pastor Temitope has made a name for himself as one of the most charitable Nigerian Evangelists. When he founded The Synagogue Church Of All Nations, he never imagined his net worth would one day sum up to $15 million. He only had a handful of followers for the first few months, but today more than 15,000 members turn up for his Sunday service.
Matthew had been a Muslim until the age of 22 when he converted to Christianity after his father’s death. He attended Bible School and developed a keen interest in the religion. Today, he is the senior pastor of Kingsway International Christian Centre. His net worth which is estimated at $6-10 million has been bolstered by documentaries from his media company and the sale of Christian literature.