People become rich by various means. Some of them become rich being pastors. Get the names and net worth of the 10 richest in the world.
People often times wish to know, how rich their pastors are and who is the richest one in the world, because they wish to know how sincere their spiritual teachers are. This list will provide you with 10 answers, as it has ten names of the richest pastors in the world.
Nigeria is a very religious country and no wonder that some of the richest pastors in Nigeria are also the richest ones on the globe. Here is the list of top ten:
10. Joseph Prince
Net worth: 5 million dollars
Church: New Creation Church
This person is the founder of the largest Christian protestant church in Asia. It was founded back in 1983. He publishes books and cells CDs. Another source of his income is the salary paid by the church. Officially the church has recognized the fact that it pays up to 500 thousand dollars to one of its employees, but the name was not officially disclosed.
So, we can only guess who that person is. Some of the Prince’s books turned to be bestsellers in USA and other countries of the world. He has been invited to preach at many Christian events throughout the world.
9. Eddie Long
Net worth: 5 million dollars
Church: New Birth Missionary Baptist Church
He started his pastoral work in 1987 with a congregation of little over 300 people. Presently, his church is one of the largest and has over 25 thousand members in it. He is the author of many well-known and popular books. Some of them touch relational and marital matters.
He runs several businesses and obtains income from his church in a form of salary. Some sources indicate he has received significant sums of money from the congregation.
8. Matthew Ashimolowo
Net worth: 6-10 million dollars
Church: Kingsway International Christian Center
In fact, this 8th place could be rightfully shared by two Nigerian candidates. The other one is Chris Okotie, the founder of the Household of God Church (Lagos) with 3-10 million dollars fortune. Both pastors write books, lead TV and radio shows.
In 2005 Matthew Ashimolowo and his charity organization has undergone an investigation from the UK Charity Commission. It discovered some misuse of money, such as buying a fancy car and paying for high end accommodations of pastor and his family members, etc.
As to Chris Okotie, once he used to be a famous pop musician. Presently his church has over 5 thousand members with many Nollywood celebs in attendance. He takes active part in political life of the country and has even established Fresh Party. He loves driving fancy cars.
7. T. B. Joshua
Net worth: 10-15 million dollars
Church: Synagogue Church Of All Nations
Joshua has founded the church in 1987. Presently the congregation consists of over 15 thousand people. This pastor is on TV and radio. He gives huge sums of money for charity. Only during the last three years the church has donated over 20 million dollars for various charity purposes, including education and healthcare.
However he and his church are known for a tragic event. The church building collapsed and killed over 80 people.
6. T.D. Jakes
Net worth: 18 million dollars
Church: The Potter’s House
He is the founder of the church with over 30 thousand members in it. It is located in Dallas, Texas. He is famous for his ministry and books, written for women liberating them to serve in the church. The pastor is the author of over 30 books. Some of them have become best sellers and were featured on New York Times.
The source of his wealth comes from the book and CDs’ sale, as well as from the salary paid by his congregation. It is said his house costs over 2.5 million dollars.
5. Billy Graham
Net worth: 25 million dollars
Church: Billy Graham Evangelist Association
This is a global evangelist, who has preached the Gospel to poor and rich, including 5 presidents of United States. He comes from the Southern Baptist church association. His preaching was broadcasted on major TV stations across the world. He has carried out a great number of Gospel crusades in many countries since 1948. Over 3 million people on the globe have answered the altar call given by this preacher.
4. Creflo Dollar
Net worth: 27 million dollars
Country: United States
Church: World Changers
He started small with only eight people in his first congregation in 1998. However, few years later the church has attained immense growth. In 2006 it raised the offerings of over 60 million dollars and paid for the building construction with no loans taken. Presently it has over 30 thousand members. Pastor Dollar is known to fly on private jet and driving fancy cars, such as Rolls-Royce.
3. Benny Hinn
Net worth: 42 million dollars
Church: TV Evangelist
This person worked and served with Kathryn Kuhlman. He is known for the Miracle Crusades and for his fancy lifestyle. It is said his house is over 10 million dollar worth. He has written many books including some best sellers sold around the world on different languages. He also hosted a TV program called “This is your day.”
2. Chris Oyakhilome
Net worth: 50 million dollars
Church: Believers’ Loveworld Ministries
Unfortunately the name of this Nigerian pastor was called in several large money laundering incidents and scandals. His church has over 40 thousand members, attended by many politicians and entrepreneurs. He owns multiple business, such as TV stations, newspapers, etc.
The pastor was able to establish the first Christian TV network in Africa. However, he was suspected in laundering over 35 million dollars and stealing it from the church funds.
1. David Oyedepo
Net worth: 150 million dollars
Church: Living Faith Church World Wide
Now we need on more ask a question: who is the richest pastor in the world and who is the richest pastor in Nigeria? It is the same person the founder of Living Faith Church World Wide - David Oyedepo. He has even gotten into the Book of Guinness for creating the largest building in the world. It can hold up to 50 thousand visitors a time. The branches of the church are located in UK, USA and 32 states of Africa.
The pastor writes and publishes books and devotions. He also provides people with Christian materials and teachings online. READ ALSO: The most populated church in Nigeria – 10 top.
Some of their stories are controversial. Many people ask the question: who is the richest pastor in the world? They hope their pastors and Christian leaders are not doing their ministry mercenary. This information may help you to come up with your own opinion on this issue.