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You Won’t Believe How Much The Richest Pastors In The World Are Worth

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How much is sharing the word of God worth? The church pastor is responsible for spreading the word of God and for many religious services, various church operations, spiritual counseling, and much more. So, there’s no doubt that pastors have a lot of daily obligations on their shoulders. Getting rich is probably the last thing on their mind when they start their career; however, money comes naturally to them through public speaking, books, network TV shows, and even the collection plate.

As a result, some spiritual leaders have profitable empires, and some even have private planes (Eddie Long), flourishing press houses (Rick Warren), and even redecorated arenas as churches (Joel Osteen). Some pastors have even more – much more. Scroll down to see the wealthiest pastors around, their net worth, how they accumulated their wealth, and what they do with their money. Number 1 will definitely shock you.

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25. Minister Louis Farrakhan

Net Worth: $3 Million

Farrakhan was born in far 1933, in Bronx, New York. During his youth years, he was very active and at one moment he was the of the Nation of Islam (NOI) movement. During his time with NOI, Louis regains most of the NOI National Properties as well as over 130 NOI mosques, across the States and the world.

In October 1995, he led the Million Man March in Washington, d.C. Before he decided to teach about the lord, he had a short music career. Today, Louis is still active in the NOI, but his responsibilities are cut to the minimum, due to health issues.

24. Bishop Noel Jones

Net Worth: $5 Million

Bishop Noel Jones earned his Ph.D. from the International Circle of Faith. After that, he became pastor of the Bethel Temple of Longview in Texas, only to move to the position of pastor of the Greater Bethany Community Church in Los Angeles, California.

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When he first became pastor, the church had modest 1000 members, but thanks to his hard work, Noel started gathering 17,000 people. Even the church’s choir is successful. They released a successful gospel album in 2007 that reached #1 on the gospel charts.

23. Bishop Eddie Long

Net Worth: $5 Million

Bishop Eddie Long is the senior pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, a megachurch in DeKalb County, Georgia. He started as pastor in far 1987, when there were only 300 church members. With time, Eddie started gathering around 25,000 members.

His powerful and mesmerizing messages are captured in a number of books, and some of the most popular ones are It’s Your Time: Reclaim Your Territory for the Kingdom, What a Woman Needs, and his most recent: 60 Seconds to Greatness: Seize the Moment and Plan for Success.

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22. Paula White

Net Worth: $5 Million

Paula White is a Christian evangelist, teacher, author, and television personality. She became a Christina in the mid-80s and, together with her husband, Randy White, launched a church called Without Walls International Church.

The church was originally known as the South Tampa Christian Church which struggles during its early years. However, the White couple took over and the church grew to 20,000 members. Today, Paula is busy hosting the popular show, “Paula White Today” on the Trinity Broadcast Network.

21. Rev John Hagee

Net Worth: $5 Million

Pastor John Hagee is the founder and senior pastor of Cornerstone Church. After 1975 he became the head of one of the most wide-reaching and successful Christian organizations in the world.

His church now has 20,000 members. He is also very active in entrepreneurial waters since he is the CEO of John Hagee Ministries, a Christian multi-media empire, the CEO of Christian Evangelism Television. On top of that, Hagee is the National Chairman of Christians United for Israel. NEXT: One of the most powerful bishops in the States.

20. Joyce Meyer

Net Worth: $8 Million

Meyer had a really rough childhood filled with molestation while in elementary school. Soon afterward, she became a born-again Christian who started teaching Bible classes that eventually were broadcast on the radio. In 1985, she formed her own ministry, Life in the Word. In 1995, her own TV show, Enjoying Everyday Life.

Meyer is over 70 and she is still busy spreading the word of God. To her international events, she travels on her private jet. Joyce and her husband own a $10 million jets, several million-dollar homes, and a $107,000 silver Mercedes. She was criticized for her wealth, so she announced plans to reduce salary and derive more of her personal income.

19. Juanita Bynum

Net Worth: $10 Million

Juanita Bynum is famous even beyond the church world. Bynum is a well-acknowledged singer, actress, author, and televangelist. Her turning career point happened in 1997 when her series of audiotapes was released, named “no more sheets.” two years later her conference was visited by 52,000 people.

She also organized the annual “women’s weapons of power conference” until 2006. She appeared regularly on the Trinity Broadcasting Network. In her free time, Juanita works on audiobooks and recordings of her sermons.

18. Bishop T. D Jakes

Net Worth: $18 Million

T.D. Jakes is a big name within the church circles. He is so popular that he was chosen to spoke at the inauguration of President Barack Obama in 2009. He was also the one who followed President George W. Bush to areas affected by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. All in, he is very beloved by both people and leaders.

His net worth is around $18 million and he is always willing to speak about his wealth. Therefore, he talked about it with Oprah in a 2012 interview, explaining that his wealth comes primarily from his megachurch and then from his best-selling books and producing movies.

17. Rick Warren

Net Worth: $25 Million

Rick Warren founded Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. Today, this church is one of the country’s eighth-largest church. Warren is really passionate about having as many churches as possible. Moreover, he believes in a five-point plan to bring global harmony to Earth; he calls it his “P.E.A.C.E. Plan”.

This plan calls for planting churches, assisting the poor, caring for the sick, equipping servant leaders, and education. Together with his wife, Rick aims to live on ten percent of their income and donate the rest to charity.

16. Billy Graham

Net Worth: $25 Million

In 1950, Billy Graham founded the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Since he was active during the years of the civil rights movements, Billy decided to speak on the topic, and he even refused to talk at the segregated events. He was even a participant at the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955, where he befriended Martin Luther King, Jr.

Later on, Billy even posted bail for Dr. King on several occasions. He was also the official spiritual advisor to several Presidents, including Nixon and Eisenhower. According to data, hie ceremonies, both live and across television and radio, reached an audience of more than 2.2 billion people. Billy Graham died in 2018. Here is his son’s net worth.

15. Franklin Graham

Net Worth: $25 Million

Franklin Graham is the son of well–known pastor Billy Graham and he is an evangelist. Interestingly, he didn’t convert to Christianity until he was 22 years old. He eventually started organizing events for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, of which he is now CEO and president.

Franklin is the author of many books, and he is often seen running Christian revival tours. Many times, he has been criticized for calling Islam “a very evil and wicked religion” after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

14. Creflo Dollar

Net Worth: $27 Million

Creflo Augustus Dollar, Jr. is a chief of a number of organizations: Creflo Dollar Ministerial Association, Creflo Dollar Ministries, and Arrow Records. Raised in a Baptist church, Creflo is pastor and founder of the non-denominational World Changers Church International based in College Park, GA, a suburb of Atlanta.

By 2007, with 30,000 church members, Creflo had revenue of $69 million through gross cash collections. He leads a very lavishing lifestyle, that many have criticized. This pastor owns two Rolls-Royces, a private jet, and three multi-million dollar homes.

13. Ray McCauley

Net Worth: $28 Million

Ray McCauley is a South African religious leader. At the moment, he is busy as the senior pastor of Rhema Bible Church. This church also has its own television station, something that’s not uncommon for church management.

Ray is also the president of the International Federation of Christian Churches and the co-chair of the National Interfaith Council of South Africa. Next to regular ceremonies, Ray is an author, televangelist, and a former bodybuilding champion.

12. Joel Osteen

Net Worth: $40 Million

Joel Osteen is a senior pastor at Lakewood Church, the largest Protestant church in America. Back in 1999, Osteen inherited the church and its television ministry from his late father John Osteen. Today, around 7 million people in over 90 countries watch Lakewood Church broadcasts every week.

He is also a successful author, and his book Your Best Life Now was on the New York Times Best Seller list for 200 weeks. In 2017, Osteen was heavily criticized for not helping Hurricane Harvey victims. Eventually, he opened a 16,800-seat Houston megachurch to evacuees.

11. Benny Hinn

Net Worth: $42 Million

Benny Hinn is an Israeli-born televangelist, best known for his “Miracle Crusades,” or faith healing summits. These summits are held in stadiums around the country and always broadcast on his TV program This Is Your Day. He is also busy holding his healing services in Orlando Christian Center church, which he founded in 1983.

His personal use of church-owned luxury goods has attracted criticism. The Senate Finance Committee investigated Hinn and five other televangelists in 2007, while they all were cleared of wrongdoing.

10. Pat Robertson

Net Worth: $100 Million

Pat Robertson is a Southern Baptist with a charismatic ideology. He has a long history of church work and service. In 1960, Robertson founded Christian Broadcasting Network, which broadcasts now in 180 countries in 71 languages.

Robertson, who is reaching 90 years, is a former Marine who ran unsuccessfully for U.S. president in 1988. He is the CEO and founder of Regent University.

9. Kenneth Copeland

Net Worth: $300 Million

Kenneth Copeland converted to Christianity in the 1960s. After that, he started building his presence within the Word of Faith branch of Pentecostalism. Today, he preaches through books, TV, DVDs, and so on.

He is also busy running Kenneth Copeland Ministries, which is located on a 1,500-acre campus near Fort Worth, Texas. Copeland lives in a $6.3 lakefront mansion funded by his church. Rumor has it that Kenneth’s real net worth is $750 million or more. Let’s see who are the richest pastors outside the States.

8. Matthew Ashimolowo

Net Worth: $10 Million

Matthew Ashimolowo is a famous Nigerian pastor and the senior pastor at the Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC) in London. There, he earns 100,000 pounds, which is almost 9,000 pounds per month.

Matthew hosts the radio program Winning Ways, that’swhich’s equally popular across Europe and Africa. His wealth comes mostly from selling Christian literature and documentaries from his media company, Matthew Ashimolowo media, that gets more and more popular in the States.

7. Chris Oyakhilome

Net Worth: $50 Million

Chris Oyakhilome is the founder and president of Believers’ Loveworld Incorporated, a Bible-based Christian ministry in Lagos. He claims that his faith can cure any illness including AIDS.

Chris runs various ministry branches, and his ministry also owns three Christian TV channels featuring faith healing and miracle programs.

6. Uebert Angel

Net Worth: $60 Million

Uebert Angel is the founder of the Spirit Embassy, which was renamed the Good News Church. He has also founded the Club Millionaire Limited, described by Forbes as “providing services to the cash-rich but time-poor individuals around the globe.” He also mentors people to become successful in business, through his academy, named The Millionaire Academy.

He has many assets, including a Lamborghini, a Black Badge Rolls-Royce, a Mercedes Coupe, and a mansion in England. The mansion has a 14-acre private garden surrounded by three lakes that house rare fish.

5. Emmanuel Makandiwa

Net Worth: $100 Million

Emmanuel is a preacher from Zimbabwe who founded the United Family International megachurch. He also founded the Apostolic Faith Mission, where he – according to him, cures many diseases, among them HIV.

He also owns Christ TV, a private jet, and a luxurious house. Interestingly, he was rejected countless times from the Living Waters Bible school, but that didn’t stop him from becoming one of the world’s richest pastors.

4. Ayo Oritsejafor

Net Worth: $120 Million

Ayo Oritsejafor, or better known as Papa Ayo Oritsejafor, is the founder and senior pastor of Word of Life Bible Church in Nigeria. He worked hard from day one to get where he is today. He was the National President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria for five years and elected President of the Christian Association of Nigeria.

He owns massive media African Broadcasting Network, which broadcasts the gospel of Christ from Africa to the rest of the world, And at the moment it can be seen in 75 countries.

3. Walter Mercado

Net Worth: $5 Million

Walter Mercado is more than a spiritual leader to many. The audience was captivated by his every horoscope rundown on TV. Even people who don’t believe in horoscope followed his every appearance.

Mercado stood out as he was openly gendered non-conforming in a culture with more strict norms. He was also known for his extravagant outfits and original personality that many would describe as eccentric.

2. David Oyedepo

Net Worth: $150 Million

Oyedepo is a bishop from Nigeria, where he is the head of the world’s largest church, Winners’ Chapel. This church evolved over time, transforming into one of the largest congregations in Africa. David also owns Dominion Publishing House, which has released a number of inspirational magazines and books.

David’s wealth comes from many assets, including two universities, a publishing empire, and a water producing company called Hebron. Oyedepo owns houses in the UK and the U.S., as well as four private jets.

1. Jesse Duplantis

Net Worth: $40 Million

Duplantis is the founder of Jesse Duplantis Ministries (JDM), an international headquarters in America, including branches in Australia and the United Kingdom. Together with his wife, Jesses founded Covenant Church, a local outreach of JDM. Recently, Jesse was deeply criticized by his followers for his use of private jets to travel the world.

Duplantis has suggested that commercial planes were full of “demons,” and defended his use of private jets saying that if Jesus were alive today, he would travel in an identical manner to spread his word.

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