10 Mega Pastors Bank Accounts You Won’t Believe
Humble parish priest? Most are, but wealthy mega churches have become a worldwide phenomenon – and their pastors can be amongst the richest men out there. Whether you believe that men of God should be rich or not, there’s no denying that these pastors speak to thousands, collect a heavy plate and enjoy the good life. Read about ten of the richest pastors on earth.
1. David Oyedepo
This wealthy Nigerian preacher founded the Living Faith Church World Wide. He has a net worth of $150 million and uses his four private jets to travel between flourishing missions in Africa and his homes in England and the United States. Oh, and he likes his cars too – he owns a Rolls Royce Phantom.
2. Benny Hinn
He established the Orlando Christian Center in 1983, and has only gotten “better” since. Although not nearly as wealthy as the top two, his net worth has reached $42 million while he claims to be able to cure cancer. Saint or scam?
3. Joel Osteen
He inherited his church, Lakewood, from his late father, John Osteen. 38,000 attendees anyone? It’s likely, though, that much of Osteen’s $40 million net worth comes from his success as an author. He has written best sellers including Think Better, Live Better, and The Power of I AM.
4. Chris Oyakhilome
“Pastor Chris.” Another Nigerian – is there a connection here between these less than humble men and their country’s reputation for cons? He created Christ Embassy, a church and mission group with offices in South Africa, America and England. His net worth is a bit uncertain – somewhere between $30 and $50 million. Is he a crook? Some people believe so – at one point he was accused of using his church to launder $35 million.
5. Creflo Dollar
Money in his name – and in his bank account. His net worth is at least $27 million, and that’s just what he’s willing to talk about. His church, World Changers International, is located in the Atlanta region and claims 30,000 members.
6. Billy Graham
Yes, the venerable old man who more or less started the mega church phenomenon in the 1940s is still on the list, with a net worth of $25 million. At 97 years old he’s mostly handed the preaching over to his son Franklin, but his name is still recognizable all over the world. Thousands still revere him.
7. Rick Warren
Warren is known as much for his books as as a preacher – he has sold millions while running Saddleback Church, the eighth largest in the United States. He is worth $25 million, but you have to respect him. Unlike some of the others he does not live the high life, but gives away 90% of his income and royalties.
8. T.D. Jakes
TIME has featured this man and he’s been called the best preacher in America. When not preaching to his 30,000 member congregation in Dallas, he writes books and produces movies. Oh, and he does all of this while wearing a diamond ring the size of a coin. His net worth is about $18 million. Oh, and he acts.
9. Temitope Joshua
Another Nigerian evangelist – definitely a pattern here. He founded the Synagogue Church of All Nations with a handful of followers – and now has a congregation of over 15,000 and a net worth of $15 million. Fortunately, he also has a name for being charitable. Oh, and he has two million fans on Facebook and the most subscribed Christian ministry channel on Youtube.
10. Matthew Ashimolowo
A convert from Islam, Ashimolowo sells literature and is senior pastor of Kingsway International Christian Centre. His net worth is estimated at $6 to $10 million – most of it from selling books and documentaries through Matthew Ashimolowo Media. His charity, The King’s Ministries Trust, was investigated between 2002 and 2005 in England, with serious misconduct found in the administration – including him approving payments to himself and his wife and receiving an expensive “company” car.
So, humble? Not hardly. Has God blessed them with wealth? Some of these men certainly believe so. Regardless, these are ten of the wealthiest pastors on the planet – and some probably fall fairly high on the list of wealthiest men on the planet. Many of them have thousands of congregants who at least believe they are worth turning out to hear every Sunday. A few, at least, appear to be highly talented con artists. Maybe you should simply judge for yourself – or let God do so.