You might not think much about it, but religion is actually big business in this day and age. It looks like there has never been an easier time to spread the gospel thanks to the popularity of books, radio programs, TV shows, and films. But just how much money is there in this business? After you take a look at the wealth of these pastors, you might even consider giving this career a go yourself. The religious figures hail from different parts of the globe, but they all have something in common: they are all filthy rich. Say what you want about organized religion, but these people are making a lot of money!
Christopher Ogheneborie Okotie – Net Worth Of $3 Million
Often called Pastor Chris Okotie, he is a Nigerian televangelist with roots from Ethiopia. He is working for the Household of God Church International Ministries, which is a Pentecostal congregation based in Lagos. Did you know that he is a politician as well? He has always had ambitions of winning the Nigerian presidency but has lost the race several times in the past. In 2011, he became the President of the Fresh Democratic Party. He has also penned several books, including a 2001 bestselling hit called The Last Outcast.
Joyce Meyer – Net Worth Of $8 Million
Pauline Joyce Hutchison came from St. Louis and is now known as one of the most famous female preachers across the globe. She is a charismatic author who earned a spot in the “25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America” list released by Time magazine. Together with her husband Dave, she launched a TV ministry called Enjoying Everyday Life. Apart from this, she also founded Joyce Meyer Ministries. If you go to the website, it says that the ministry “is dedicated to sharing God’s love and the life-changing message of the Bible with the world through TV, radio, various media productions, [and] live conferences.” The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has reported that the ministry has provided her with some $2 million homes, a $107,000 Mercedes sedan, and a $10 million jet.
Matthew Ashimolowo – Net Worth Of $10 Million
Matthew Ashimolowo serves as the senior pastor of the Kingsway International Christian Centre in London. The Nigerian pastor is said to bring home a yearly salary of £100,000. He is also the host of a radio program called Winning Ways, which is on syndication in Amsterdam and London. The TV equivalent is aired by the Trinity Broadcasting Network in Zimbabwe, Ghana, and Nigeria. If you are in Europe, you can also catch it on Inspirational Network and GOD TV. The bulk of his fortune stems from his Christian literature sales, as well as the documentaries made by his very own Matthew Ashimolowo Media.
Temitope Balogun Joshua – Net Worth Of $15 Million
Better known as Pastor T.B. Joshua, Temitope Balogun Joshua is the founder of a Nigerian church called Synagogue Church of All Nations. He runs healing sessions, which even include exorcisms! The church runs a TV channel called Emmanuel TV, which airs his sermons and miracles to many viewers from all over the world. He is big on social media as well. His YouTube videos have been viewed over 240 million times in the past!
Rick Warren – Net Worth Of $25 Million
American evangelical Christian author and pastor Rick Warren are from San Jose, California. He had a Baptist minister for a dad, so it was clear to him that he would take this past early on. He was even the founder of the first Christian club in his high school. Warren went on to be the founder and a senior pastor of a megachurch called Saddle Back Church, which is located in Lake Forest, California. He has a “five-point plan” to achieve global harmony by promoting education, as well as helping the sick and needy. His wealth stems from the sales of his Christian books, the most popular of which would be The Purpose Driven Life. It has already sold over 30 million copies!
Billy Graham (Deceased) – Net Worth Of $25 Million
In 2018, Billy Graham passed away at the age of 99. He was dubbed the unofficial “national clergyman” by the New York Times as he had been in the business for decades. It is not at all a reach to call him one of the most influential religious leaders of the 20th century. He was the host of the yearly Billy Graham Crusades, which was on the air from 1947 until 2005. Approximately 3.2 million folks chose to “accept Jesus Christ as their savior.” His Tv and radio broadcasts boasted a loyal audience made up of 2.2 million people. Pastor Billy also gave spiritual counsel to American presidents from Harry S. Truman until Barack Obama. After his death, the pastor left behind his book royalties and real estate properties.
Creflo Dollar – Net Worth Of $27 Million
Creflo Augustus Dollar, Jr. founded the World Changers Church International, a non-denominational church in Georgia. He is the leader of the Creflo Dollar Ministries, Arrow Records, and Creflo Dollar Ministerial Association. His first sermon was delivered in an elementary school cafeteria back in 1986. He is now the preacher to a congregation made up of 30,000 members. He makes a revenue of around $69 million via cash collections. His gospel-style, prosperity teachings have been translated into a lavish lifestyle of his own. Among other things, he has a private jet, two Rolls-Royce cars, and three mansions.
Ray McCauley – Net Worth Of $28 Million
South African religious leader Ray McCauley is the senior pastor at Rhema Bible Church. Rhema TV is the name of the TV station in the church. The channel airs his sermons through A New Day With Pastor Ray. McCauley is also the co-chair of the National Interfaith Council of South Africa and the president of the International Federation of Christian Churches. He has an interesting resume as he has been a bodybuilding champ, televangelist, and author all in one!
Enoch Adeboye – Net Worth Of $39 Million
Up next, we have one more Nigerian pastor. Enoch Adejare Adeboye goes by the name Daddy Go and is the Redeemed Christian Churches of God general overseer. Forbes reported that the pastor brings home an annual revenue of $2 million. Aside from this, he is also the owner of a gospel TV station called Dove TV, where his sermons and church programs are broadcasted. Some of his prized possessions are his pricey houses and Gulfstream G550, a private jet worth $65 million.
Joel Osteen – Net Worth Of $40 Million
We bet that you are familiar with the name Joel Osteen. He is not only the Lakewood Church senior pastor but also a New York Times best-selling author. His church, based in Houston, happens to be the biggest Protestant church in the United States. He founded its TV program and produced the televised sermons of his father for 17 years. Thanks to his good looks, he ended up taking over as the host after his father passed away. The sermons see a monthly viewership of 20 million. Sirius XM also hired him as a guest host for Joel Osteen Live. The pastor emphasizes “more on the goodness of God and on living an obedient life rather than on sin.” He likes to focus on the power of prosperity and love above everything else. We are sure that you will be blown away by his $10.5 million house!
Juanita Bynum – Net Worth Of $10 Million
Pastor Juanita Bynum serves as the CEO of the Juanita Bynum International and the president of Bynum Ministries. The organization of this televangelist has its HQ in Garden City, New York, and uses the “live it loud and live it strong” message, which clearly resonates among her followers. It is interesting to note that she is a gospel singer who got rave reviews for her 2007 album called “Piece of My Passion.” Since 2006, she has been hosting an annual event known as the Women Weapons of Power Conference. Her money mostly comes from the ticket sales for her sermons, which is aired by the Trinity Broadcasting Network. Apart from this, she also earns money through her CDs, audiobooks, and recordings.
Benny Hinn – Net Worth Of $42 Million
Also known as Benny Hinn, Toufik Benedictus was born in Israel and grew up Orthodox. When he was a teen in Toronto, he decided to convert to Pentecostalism. Not long after this, he started to offer healing services called Miracle Crusades through an organization called the Orlando Christian Center. Rumor has it that he has successfully healed sufferers of AIDS, blindness, cancer, deafness, and more. You can watch him in action on a TV program called This Is Your Day, which is aired by the Trinity Broadcasting Network. Even though there have been accusations of sketchy financial dealings, he continues to be popular among his followers. He has many assets such as a Gulfstream G4 jet.
Chris Oyakhilome – Net Worth Of $50 Million
Chris Oyakhilome is the president and founder of a Lagos-based Christian ministry known as Believers’ Loveworld Incorporated. According to him, his inspirational faith can heal any disease, even AIDS. He has raked in a lot of wealth thanks to the different branches of his ministry. It includes the Rhapsody of Realities, the Healing School, the Inner City Missions for Children, and the Loveworld book series. The ministry owns three Christian television channels that feature miracles and faith healing as well.
Uebert Angel – Net Worth Of $60 Million
A pastor from Zimbabwe founded Spirit Embassy, which has since been renamed to the Good News Church. Uebert Angel is also the CEO and founder of the Angel Organization. Aside from these, he also founded Club Millionaire Limited, which Forbes described as “providing services to the cash-rich but time-poor individuals around the globe.” Let us not forget about The Millionaire Academy, which he founded to mentor people aspiring to see success in business. Nehanda Radio said that his efforts have paid off. He is now the owner of a Mercedes Couple, a Black Badge Rolls Royce, a Lamborghini, and a 14-acre England mansion with a private garden and three lakes full of rare fish!
Pat Robertson – Net Worth Of $100 Million
Marion Gordon Robertson worked as a Southern Baptist minister based in Virginia before he went on to be an executive chairman and media mogul. Better known as Pat, he is now the host of The 700 Club, which is the flagship program of the Christian Broadcasting Network. He ran for President of the United States and later founded a Christian right organization that raises funds for conservative political candidates. It is called the Christian Coalition. On top of these things, he is also the founder, chancellor, and CEO of Regent University. Lastly, he established the American Center for Law & Justice, which is a major public interest law firm whose HQ is located in Washington, D.C.
Emmanuel Makandiwa – Net Worth Of $100 Million
Hailing from Zimbabwe, Emmanuel Makandiwa is the preacher who started a megachurch known as the United Family International. He is the founder of the Apostolic Faith Mission, which challenges religious philosophy via his miracle cures and controversial prophecies. He is also the owner of Christ TV, which airs sermons and major events of his ministry. Among others, he has a private jet and a lavish house.
Ayo Oritsejafor – Net Worth Of $120 Million
Ayodele Joseph Oritsegbubemi Oritsejafor is more famous under the name Papa Ayo Oritsejafor. He is the senior pastor and founder of a Nigerian church called Word of Life Bible Church. For five years, he served as the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria National President as well. He also got elected as the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, considered the highest post for Christians in the African nation. Oritsejafor is also the owner of the African Broadcasting Network, an international satellite Christian TV station. The media conglomerate broadcasts the gospel of Christ to the rest of the world! At the moment, it has a presence in 75 countries all over the globe. You can also tune in via WebTV.
Thomas Dexter Jakes – Net Worth Of $150 Million
Also known as Bishop TD Jakes, Thomas Dexter Jakes is the head of a Dallas-based non-denominational megachurch called The Potter’s House. The Potter’s Touch television program broadcasts the sermons and services. Generally thought to be the best preacher in America, the pastor is a talented filmmaker as well! He has produced movies such as Miracles from Heaven, Winnie Mandela, and Heaven Is For Real in the past. He has graced the cover of Time and now lives in a mansion worth $1.7 million. His money comes from his book and gospel music sales.
David Oyedepo – Net Worth Of $150 Million
From Nigeria, Bishop David Oyedepo is the head of Winner’s Chapel, which is the largest church in the world. He also founded the Nigerian Christian Charismatic movement and the Living Faith Outreach Ministry. The latter has since evolved into one of the biggest African congregations out there. The church is also the owner of the Dominion Publishing House, which is behind several magazines and inspirational books. He has generated wealth off his assets. The list includes a publishing empire, two universities, and a water company by the name of Hebron. He owns four private jets and several properties in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Kenneth Copeland – Net Worth Of $760 Million
Kenneth Max Copeland is a pastor from Lubbock, Texas best known as the owner and founder of Kenneth Copeland Ministries. It is sitting on an estate of over 1,500 acres and comes with a private airstrip, a church, and a hangar for its $17.5 million plane and other jets. The televangelist is also the host of a live TV show called Kenneth Copeland and You. He gets to spread his beliefs by running seven ministry offices in different parts of the world through different channels. They include a magazine, a podcast, radio broadcasts, books, various social media platforms, and a TV program called Voice of Victory.
Jesse Duplantis – Net Worth Of $40 Million
Jesse Duplantis is the name of the founder of Jesse Duplantis Ministries. There is an international HQ in the USA, but it has branches in Australia and the United Kingdom as well. In 1997, he and his spouse Cathy started Covenant Church, which is a JDM local outreach. He recently got into hot water for using his private jets to visit different parts of the globe. Aside from this, he also suggested that commercial planes are full of “demons,” which means that Jesus would be doing the same thing to preach the gospel if he were alive in this day and age. The pastor is believed to be worth $40 million.
Jim Bakker – Net Worth Of $500,000
There was a time when Jim Bakker was among the biggest televangelists out there. However, this changed after fraud convictions, conspiracy charges, and a sexual assault allegation. In the past, he had a net worth of anywhere between $5 million and $10 million. He went on to serve nearly five years behind bars. His sentence was cut short thanks to the letter-writing initiative led by his son and a celebrity lawyer called Alan Dershowitz. These days, Bakker is believed to be worth only $500,000. He remains outspoken. As a matter of fact, he once said that a second American Civil War would start if President Donald Trump gets impeached from power!
Jimmy Swaggert – Net Worth Of $10 Million
In 1971, Jimmy Swaggert started his television ministry, which is now being broadcasted in 105 countries from all over the world. This American Pentecostal pastor found himself in trouble after it got out that he had sexual relations with prostitutes during the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. In 1991, his car got stopped by cops while a prostitute was sitting in the passenger seat. You might know him for his famous “I have sinned” speech, which he gave to both the congregation and TV viewers sin February 1988. In the end, the Assemblies of God defrocked him. However, his media empire continues to live on. He is believed to have a $10 million net worth.
Paula White – Net Worth Of $5 Million
Paula White is yet another leading American preacher of the prosperity gospel. Just so you know, it holds that physical well-being and financial blessing are the wills of God. By donating to a religious cause, you are supposedly increasing your material wealth. However, a Southern Baptist theologian by the name of Russell D. Moore called her a heretic and charlatan. Not only that, but a Christian author called Erick Erickson also accused her of heresy after sharing a video of her assenting to the suggestion that there are more sons of God aside from Jesus. At any rate, she has a net worth of $5 million.
Herbert W. Armstrong (Deceased) – Net Worth Of $60 Million
In 1933, Herbert W. Armstrong founded the Radio Church of God. Later on, it was renamed to the Worldwide Church of God. Aside from this, Armstrong also launched Ambassador College in 1947. He has received credit as an early pioneer of both tele-evangelism and radio-evangelism. However, his alleged greed ended up breaking up his family. In Armstrong’s Ne York Times obituary, his son Garner said that he and the church officials used “millions of the church’s estimated $60 million annual income on personal expenses.” After the death of the founder, the church changed the doctrines and dismissed the later teachings of Armstrong as “aberrant.”
Peter Popoff – Net Worth Of $10 Million
German-born faith healer and televangelist Peter Popoff has also been called a con man. It was revealed in 1986 that he had been using an earpiece as his wife gave him the ailments, addresses, and names of the audience members of the church. According to him, God talked to him and gave him the personal information of the viewers so that he could “cure” them. The year after that, he filed for bankruptcy but bounced back several times in the following decades. If you watch late-night infomercials, you might be familiar with his new scam of selling “Miracle Spring Water.” He calls himself a prophet on the ads! At any rate, he still has a net worth of approximately $10 million after swindling many people in the past.
Ray McCauley – Net Worth Of $30 Million
Ray McCauley was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He took an interest in bodybuilding and even finished in third place during the 1974 Mr. Universe competition. However, his love of God overcame everything, which was the reason he went on to be the senior pastor of the Rhema Bible Church, as well as the International Federation of Christian Churches president. Different reports claim that he has a net worth of anywhere from $28 million to $30 million.
Jamal Bryant – Net Worth Of $20 Million
This high school dropout eventually returned to school and studied at Morehouse College and Duke University. Pastor Jamal Bryant helmed the Baltimore congregation of Empowerment Temple AME Church for many years. He decided to leave in 2018 after he got a job offer for the senior pastor position at the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta. Reports say that he got offered a huge amount of money to take on this job. Estimates of his current net worth differ wildly. There are some who say that he makes $1 million a year, although there are other claims that his net worth is around $20 million.
John Hagee – Net Worth Of $5 Million
John Hagee was born on April 12, 1940. He is the senior pastor and founder of Cornerstone Church. It is a megachurch based in San Antonio, Texas. He also happens to be the national chairman and founder of a Christian-Zionist organization called Christians United for Israel. His church was first launched in 1987 and has a seating capacity of 5,000 people. The reports say that he is now worth $5 million.
Noel Jones – Net Worth Of $5 Million
Bishop Noel Jones sure has friends in high places. Born in Jamaica, he is the brother of actress-model-singer Grace Jones. He had been 19 years old when he discovered his calling and earned his theological bachelor’s degree from the Aenon Bible College. He was already serving as a pastor when he was 26 years old. In 1994, he became the bishop of the Los Angeles-based Greater Bethany Community Church. Back then, it had a thousand congregates. It has since expanded to an incredible 17,000 members. These days, he is said to hold a net worth of a cool $5 million.
Louis Farrakhan – Net Worth Of $3 Million
Louis Eugene Walcott is better known by the name Louis Farrakhan. Born in the Bronx in 1933, he was given the name Farrakhan after he converted to Islam at the age of 22. This American minister later became the leader of a religious group called Nation of Islam, which has been described as a black supremacist and black nationalist group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. According to the Anti-Defamation League, his preaching style is antisemitic. These allegations have all been disputed by Farrakhan himself. He is believed to have a net worth of $3 million.
Franklin Graham – Net Worth Of $10 Million
Billy Graham is a famous evangelist, and Franklin Graham is his son. The younger man inherited the bulk of his dad’s vast fortune. He is now the CEO and president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, as well as an international Christian relief organization called Samaritan’s Purse. He has been under fire in the past years’ thanks to his anti-Muslim opinions and his false claim that Islam is “a religion of hatred. It’s a religion of war.” He also supports “conversion therapy,” a pseudo-science that claims to change the sexual orientation of a person from homosexual to heterosexual. He has a $10 million net worth.
Richard Rossi – Net Worth Of $1 Million
We already told you about several wild backstories, but Richard Rossi trumps them all. He started his ministry in the Pittsburgh area back in the ‘80s. In 1994, he got accused of trying to kill Sherrie Lynn, his wife, who was found on the side of a road with her head caved in. She initially accused Rossi, who changed his story several times, but eventually changed her tune and dropped the murder charges. It is important to note that Rossi pled no contest to charges of second-degree aggravated assault and served 96 days behind bars. Eventually, he moved to Hollywood and became known as a “pastor for the stars.” He even starred in several films and wrote screenplays and a book. Aside from this, he also started a support group for people struggling with fentanyl addiction. Now worth $1 million, he also joins fundraising events that aim to help the homeless people in Los Angeles.
Kirk Cameron – Net Worth Of $20 Million
Kirk Cameron is best known for his show business career during the ‘80s and early ‘90s. He decided to convert to born-again Christianity, which strained his relations in Hollywood. In the end, he chose to leave the profession behind. He said that his decision had been “inadvertently hurtful to the cast.” Nowadays, he runs an evangelical Christian ministry called The Way of the Master. He co-founded it with Ray Comfort, a fellow evangelist. He recently used his background for the promotion of Christian ideology in theatrical films, so he is not completely out of Hollywood just yet. At the moment, his net worth stands at $20 million.
Paul Cain (Deceased) – Net Worth Of $1 Million
Anna Cain, his wife, had been pregnant with his child as she suffered from both tuberculosis and cancer. Not many people expected her to live through it. However, she said that she was cured after getting an “angelic” visitation. This led her to think that Paul was meant to preach. In the end, he started to lead ministries with an attendance of over 30,000 people! However, he could feel that the immense wealth of his fellow ministers corrupted the profession and movement. In 1994, he confessed that he “struggled” with alcoholism and homosexuality. He decided to keep a low profile for several years but started to take on public speaking engagements starting in 2007. Sadly, he died in February 2019 with a net worth of a million bucks to his name.
Billy Moyers – $20M
Moyers began his career on PBS hosting many TV shows, and then became the Associate Director of the Peace Corporate as well as the White House’s 13th Press secretary. Just from his professional career in public broadcasting, he made $20,000,000. When it comes to his overall net worth, Moyers prefers to keep this a secret.
Matthew Ahimolowo- $6m and $10m
Matthew Ashimolowo is the most well-accomplished Nigerian pastor in the UK. He established the Kingsway International Christian Centre in London and has a net worth of around $6m and $10m. Yearly he makes around £100,000, mostly from selling his Christian literature and documentaries. He follows and teaches the Nigerian doctrine of prosperity theology.
Tshifhiwa Irene- $42 million
Tshifhiwa Irene has her own church located in South Africa. She is a televangelist pastor who has created her religion. She is most recognized for her tv program that shows to cast out demons from people of all ages including young children”
Alph Lukau- $1 billion
Alph Lukau is responsible for the Allelulia Ministries International and is known around the world for being a renowned Bible scholar and an international speaker. He has successfully healed many individuals and brought families together. He is a family man who coaches and guides people through life. He also happens to be one of the richest pastors in the entire world with a net worth of $1 billion.
Shepherd Bushiri – $150 million
The Malawian man of God from South Africa is known as prophet Bushiri. He first created his ministry in 2002 and established the Enlightened Christian Gathering Church. He has many church memberships located around the world, with many followers. With a net worth of $150 million, he is ranked as one of the richest pastors in SA.
George Foreman – $300 Million dollars
At age 28, the former heavyweight boxing champion decided to step out of the ring and become a pastor. He invested part of his fortune into building a church in Huston and today is one of the most successful pastors, with a net worth of nearly 300 Million dollars.
Eric Macedo- $1.1 billion
Macedo founded the Universal Church of the Kingdom in Brazil as well as the largest media group in Brazil. With two incredible accomplishments, he is the richest pastor in the world. His overall net worth is $1.1 billion.
Rev John Hagee – $5 million
Back in the ’70s, Reverend John Hagee led the Trinity Church before he established own church, the Cornerstone Church. He has connected to millions around the world and is also a successful CEO of John Hagee Ministries, as well as the CEO of Christian Evangelism Television and the National Chairman of Christians United for Israel. He is so successful and worth a whopping 5 million dollars.
Bishop Eddie Long – $5 million
Eddie Long is the pastor of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. When he first began his career his church had only 300 members and today it has nearly 250,000 and is known around the world. He also has several very famous books and a net worth of 5 million dollars.
Joseph Prince- $6 million
Joseph Prince is the senior pastor of the New Creation Church in Singapore, which is one of the biggest churches located in Asia. He is a preacher, priest, conference speaker, and author, and all of his accomplishments accumulated have resulted in his net worth of $6 million. He has completely transformed the lives of many around him.
Bill Moyers- $1 Million
Born in Oklahoma, Bill Moyer started as a journalist in his internship with the United States senate. Senator Lyndon B. Johnson caught ahold of him and appointed him as a television editor. During this process, Moyers adopted theology and became a Baptist minister. He was appointed Associate Director of the Peace Corps and also worked as B. Johnsons’s assistance going back and forth between ministry and politics. He is valued at around $1 Million
Charles Stanley -$1.5 Million
When he was 14 years old, Charles Stanley began working as a minister in his community in Virginia. After finishing his studies at the University of Richmond and the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, he relocated to Georgia and became the pastor of the First Baptist Church. There, they created a TV show, “The Chapel Hour.” He became very well known and inspiring around the world and radio broadcast with his message was blasted everywhere. The 83- year old has quite the net worth but chooses to live a rather modest life.
R.C. Sproul- $2 Million
Robert Charles established the Ligonier Ministries in Pennsylvania. What began as a platform for college and seminary students to learn, transformed into a program known around the world for theological conferences. He also created the nationwide broadcasted Sirius XM radio program Renewing Your Mind. He took his messages online and created the Christian radio station known as Reformation Network (RefNet), and is one of the richest pastors known around the world. At 77 years old, he is not doing too bad with a net worth of $2 million.
N.T. Wright- $2.5
Nicholas Thomas is one of the most well-known pastors in all of Great Britain. In 1975 he became a minister and ever since has published so many books ob religious. He is a dedicated believer to theology and spent five years as the Dean of Lichfield. In 2010 he retired as Bishop and now has a net worth of $2.5 million. He is mostly associated with his views against ordaining gay Christians and same-sex marriage.
Clifton Davis- $3 million
While he is also a minister, Davis is mostly known for being a songwriter, singer, and actor. However, before writing hits for The Jackson 5 or going to the stage in 1970, Davis followed an interest in theology and received a Master of Divinity degree from Andrews University. In the last 25 years, he has been the co-founder and pastor of the Welcome Christian Center in Huntington Beach, CA, and is often features on the Trinity Broadcasting Network. With so many accomplishments it makes sense he would be worth $3 million