It is no news that some of the pastors overseeing the affairs of megachurches have enormous wealth attached to their name. Doing the Lord’s work certainly comes with reward both earthly and heavenly. In this post, we take a look at some of the Rich Pastors In The World today. These pastors run some of the largest churches in the world and also command huge global following.
Pastor Joyce Meyers
Pastor Joyce Meyers is a proud owner of a private jet and several homes. She is estimated to be worth about $8 million. She became a born-again Christian while in elementary school while enduring a childhood of sexual abuse. In 1985, she formed her ministry, Life in the Word. 10 years later, in 1995 she also began airing a weekly TV show, Enjoying Everyday Life.
Reverend Chris Okotie
Reverend Chris Okotie started as a pop musician in the 1980s before becoming a pastor. He set up Household of God Church, one of Nigeria’s most flamboyant churches. His love for automobiles is well documented as he is a proud owner of several posh cars which include a Mercedes S600, Rolls-Royce, Hummer, and Porsche.
He has run for the highest office in Nigeria several times, failing each time. Reverend Chris Okotie currently has a net worth of $10 million.
Kingsway International Christian Center was founded by Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo in the year 1992. It is today the largest Pentecostal church in the United Kingdom with assets worth more than $40 million.
Matthew Ashimolowo’s annual salary is only $200,000 but his real wealth comes from varied business interests including his media company, Matthew Ashimolowo media, which produces Christian literature and documentaries. His net worth is put at $10 million currently.
Prophet T.B. Joshua
Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua is one of Nigeria’s most powerful, and controversial pastors. He is also a well-known philanthropist. He founded and pastors the Synagogue Church of all Nations (SCOAN), since 1987. He is recognized as one of Africa’s 50 most influential people due to his philanthropic gestures. His net worth currently is out at $15 million.
Bishop T.D. Jakes
Bishop T.D Jake’s is known for his ties with the American Presidency and spoke at the inauguration of President Barack Obama in 2009. In 2005, he accompanied President George W. Bush to visit areas affected by Hurricane Katrina.
Bishop T.D Jakes founded The Potter’s House, a nondenominational megachurch. His sermons can be watched on Trinity Broadcasting Network as well as several other religious channels. His net worth stands at $18 million.
Franklin Graham is a popular evangelist and son of well known Pastor Billy Graham. It wasn’t until he clocked 22 that Franklin converted to Christianity despite being the son of a popular evangelist. He would eventually take over organizing events for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, of which he is now CEO and President. He is a proud author of many books and frequently takes part in Christian revival tours. His net worth is reported as $25 million.
Rick Warren founded the Saddleback Church located in Lake Forest, California in the year 1980. This evangelical megachurch church is the 5th largest in America today with weekly attendance averaging about 20,000 people. Warren’s book, A Purpose Driven Life is a best seller. He and his wife only live on 10% of their income and donate the rest to charity. His net worth is $25 million.
Creflo Augustus Dollar, Jr. is an American televangelist and pastor. He founded the non-denominational World Changers Church International that is based in Fulton County, Georgia. His net worth is currently put at $27 million.
Joel Osteen is a senior pastor at Lakewood Church which is today the largest Protestant church in the United States of America. The church is based in Houston and has a weekly attendance of 52,000.
Osteen inherited the church and its television ministry from his late father John Osteen in the year 1999. Osteen earns a lot of income from sales of his book titled Your Best Life Now which was on the New York Times Best Seller list for 200 weeks. His net worth currently stands at about $40 million.
Israeli-American televangelist Benny Hinn is another Rich Pastor In The World. His wealth was accumulated through his ministry and evangelical program and stands currently at about $42 million. He is famous for his regular “Miracle Crusades” – revival meeting/faith healing summits that hold in large stadiums in major cities around the world.
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
Christ Embassy, the church founded by Pastor Chris has over 40,000 members. Apart from running a church, Pastor Chris also has diverse interests which include magazines, newspapers, a TV station, a record label, hotels, satellite TV and real estate. His net worth is estimated to be about $50 million.
Pastor Pat Robertson
Televangelist Pat Robertson is a Southern Baptist who has a charismatic ideology. He founded the Christian Broadcasting Network in the year 1960. The channel now broadcasts shows in 180 countries and 71 languages. The flagship show of the channel, The 700 Club, airs daily and features news, live guests, music, as well as testimony oriented around the Christian lifestyle. Robertson’s net worth is estimated to be around $100 million.
Bishop David Oyedepo
Bishop David Oyedepo is ranked as the richest pastor in Nigeria and the world. He is the founder and the General Overseer of the Living Faith World Outreach Ministry aka Winners Chapel. His net worth as of 2011 was put at $150 million
This article has discussed some of the richest pastors in the world as of today. They own choice properties, fleets of exotic cars and even private jets. They are also in charge of some of the biggest churches in the world today. It is important to state that 5 of the pastors featured on this list are based in Nigeria. This may be connected to the fact that religion thrives in Nigeria where the people are very religious.