More often than not, the spiritual people can’t make big bucks serving the God’s children but there are rich pastors in the world who are rejoicing an opulent lifestyle and that’s not an overnight blessing. The gospel ministry is one of the most profitable zones in the world where the painful thunders of taxes don’t fall like the other industries. The pastors do not have to pay the household expense taxes and if a pastor is popular enough with a myriad of followers, he can definitely make a fortune from the ministry easily. While counting the richest persons on the earth, people consider almost all the industries except the gospel industry. All the messengers of god are not equally lucky ride luxury cars and reside in a dreamy mansion but there is another side of this scenario – the bright one.
Here is the broken down list of the top 10 richest pastors in the world to give you a fair idea about how rich a priest can be.
10. Joseph Prince
Joseph Prince is known for his revolutionary foundation – New Creation Church, which is the biggest church in the whole Asia. The Singapore-based senior pastor was often in the News due to his ‘Extravagant Earnings’. As confessed by the pastor himself in public, his annual earning is around $550,000. His Net Worth is $5 million. Joseph started his career as an IT professional but soon he realized his inclination towards spirituality and helping the human being and he decided to move to the gospel ministry. He has been serving the industry for over two decades. He is the author of three bestselling books – ‘The Power of Right Believing’, ‘Unmerited Favor’ and ‘Destined To Reign’. He is often called by other churches or organizations to motivate other church leaders with his thoughts and experience. Joseph married Windy in 1994.
9. Chris Okotie
In the list of the richest pastors in the world, the Nigerian pastors are not at all lagging. Chris Okotie is a well-paid Nigerian Pastor with a Net Worth of $10 million. From the 80’s pop music to the spirituality domain – Okotie has covered a long and extraordinary journey. He did his graduation in law from University of Nigeria, Nsukka. His assets tell his success story. He owns many luxury cars like Mercedes S600, Rolls-Royce, Hummer and to name a few. Apart from his musical and spiritual careers, he had a penchant for the political career. He ran for the president post in the years 2003, 2007 and 2011 but lost every time. As a pastor, his is super successful and earns a whopping amount of money every year. Chris also has a penchant for writing and his columns in the Nigerian newspapers are often published. He has also written few books.
8. Matthew Ashimolowo
The Nigerian pastor was included in the richest pastor list by Forbes in 2011 and his Net Worth was disclosed, which was somewhere between $6-10 million. He runs a radio program called Winning Ways. Matthew is the Senior Pastor of Kingsway International Christian Centre. He was born as a Muslim but the Christian religion influenced him a lot and at the age of 20, he was converted to a Christian. Matthew’s annual earnings from the church are around £100,000. His church KICC is considered as the largest church in the UK having a total asset value over $40 million.
7. T.B Joshua
Prophet T.B Joshua is the most influential and powerful pastor of Nigeria. He has been surrounded by controversies most of the times. He is the senior pastor of the Synagogue Church of All Nations. This church was founded by him. Apart from being a Christian minister, he is also a popular Faith Healer and Televangelist. A broad spectrum of people from different parts of the world follows his programs and speeches. If Africa’s most influential people list is considered, he easily makes it to the top 50 list. He has a huge fan and follower base on social media. T.B Joshua’s Net Worth is $15 million.
6. Bishop T. D Jakes
T.D Jakes is the Bishop of a huge American church, The Potter’s house having more than 30,000 members. He is a well-paid pastor and has successfully managed his name to enter the most powerful Nigerian personalities list. He is also considered among the top 10 religious leaders of the world. His Net Worth is $18 million. Apart from his earnings, his literacy is something to leave everyone agape. He has 13 doctorate and honorary degrees.
5. Evangelist Billy Graham
He is the founder of Billy Graham Evangelist Association. Billy Graham also goes by the name America’s Pastor. The association was founded in 1950. He is one of the most powerful television personalities apart from his spirituality career. Earlier, he was the pastor of United Gospel Tabernacle. He has a huge fan base across the globe. His sermons air on Television and radio. Billy Graham’s Net Worth is $25 Million.
4. Dr. Creflo Dollar
Among the list of the top televangelists in the world, Dr. Creflo Dollar’s name can never go unnoticed. His message – “It is the will of God for you to prosper in every way.” added a plethora of followers from different parts of the world. He founded the Non-denominational World Changers Church International. He makes bucks by emphasizing on his views on the overall prosperity, which is God’s will. His Net Worth is $27 million.
3. Pastor Benny Hinn
Benny Hinn is the name that has motivated several pastors to initiate their own evangelical programs. He is the third richest pastors in the world. Benny is a successful televangelist whose crusades are popular across the globe. Benny has the Israeli-American roots. He has several followers from different parts of the world and his spiritual programs airing on the Television has a huge audience base. The Net Worth of Pastor Benny Hinn is $42 million.
2. Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
There are very fewer people in the world who are unaware of Chris Oyakhilome or his church Christ Embassy. He is the super-successful pastor of a grand church with more than 40,000 well-off members from various domains. He is standing tall with a huge Net Worth of $50 million. He has a crazy fan base across the globe. His name can be often heard on the television and radio and his charming personality can be seen in the top magazines. Not only the huge money but also a range of controversies related to his earnings have been surrounding him for years but his popularity never came down due to these reasons.
1. Bishop David Oyedepo
He is the richest pastor of the present time. He holds a huge Net Worth of $150 Million, which is more than a dream for a person related to the spiritual career. The Nigerian pastor founded Living Faith World Outreach Ministry in 1981. This Ministry is one of the Africa’s largest congregations.
Gone are those days when pastors used to be just the messengers of God, earning millions of blessings but very fewer bucks. Today, a plethora of pastors make good money from the congregations. The rich pastors of the world are proving that serving the humanity pays and sometimes the price is attention-grabbing. The more a pastor contributes to the humanity and his church, the more he earns. The growth of a church means the growth of the senior pastor and the associated members. Nowadays, the pastors across the globe are no more limited to a simple lifestyle. Many of them have splendid villas, luxury vehicles, and private jets. The pastor career is seen with a completely different perspective nowadays because of the aforementioned pastors who have made it big in this field.