Owning a church has become a serious business. Nigerians value religion more than anything that is why pastors in Nigeria are becoming rich every seconds due to the heavy tithes imposed on it members to pay. Some of this Nigerian pastors own private jets, big universities and other conglomerates. Some of this Nigerian pastors are even moving out with escorts and enjoying an extravagant and flamboyant lifestyle.
Here are 8 richest pastors in the world
1. David Oyedepo
Bishop David Oyedepo is the richest pastor in Nigeria and the world. He is the founder of the Living Faith World Outreach Ministry. David is an architect by profession, which fact is not strange because many famous pastors have educations and professions that have nothing to do with their sphere of activities. The pastor owns four private jets, mansions in several countries, and he also has the Covenant University and the Landmark University. David Oyedepo has an estimated net worth of $150 million in 2011. Today, he is considered Nigeria’s richest pastor.
2. Chris Oyakhilome
Chris Oyakhilome’s church Christ Embassy has more than 40,000 members, several of whom are successful entrepreneurs and politicians. The church is known for a range of controversial situations and matters, yet, none of them has affected the number of people who attend it. This pastor’s which interests which include magazines, newspapers, a TV station, a record label, hotels, satellite TV and real estate. The pastor himself is a talented preacher, a writer and a successful businessman.
3. Benny Hinn
Toufik Benedictus “Benny” Hinn has been in ministry for more than 40 years. This Israeli-American televangelist earned wealth through his ministry and evangelical program. There are several super successful crusades in his biography. He has brought his faith to so many countries around the world and his presence has always been impactful.
4. Creflo Dollar
This pastor is the founder of one of the biggest and most popular church in the USA, the World Changers Church International. This American televangelist and pastor is also a Word of Faith teacher. Creflo Dollar has built a multi-million-dollar ministry on the message that “it is the will of God for you to prosper in every way.” The Creflo Dollar Convention Association and Arrow Records, his own music label, bring him a certain sum.
5. Billy Graham
Billy Graham was an evangelist at revival meetings, and on radio and television for over 40 years. This television evangelist from the USA has a network that reaches as many as 30 countries all around the globe. He founded the Billy Graham Evangelist Association in 1950. He passed away in February 21, 2018.
6. T. D. Jakes
Thomas Dexter Jakes. This American pastor is known as the founder of the Potter’s House, a non-denominational American mega-church that has over 30,000 members. On the PBS program – African-American Lives. Jakes has received numerous honor’s, including 13 honorary degrees and doctorates. He has also received a Grammy and Dove Award nominations for Gospel album “Live at The Potter’s House.” PBS Religion and Ethics Newsweekly named Jakes among America’s “Top 10 Religious Leaders.” The pastor sells his books and motivational speeches for immense amounts of money, he owns an estate and he’s also said to have a ring with a diamond of a coin size.
7. T.B. Joshua
TB Joshua is not a small man in the society, His church the Synagogue Church of All Nations really reaches all nations and has many branches. Followers of the pastor and his ministries can be found all over Africa, in Asia, UK, Greece, and other countries. Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua is Nigeria’s most powerful, controversial and philanthropic preacher. The Christian minister, televangelist and faith healer is a big giver; his humanitarian works include education, healthcare and rehabilitation programs. Prophet TB Joshua has been awarded various accolades, notably receiving the National Honour of OFR by the Nigerian government in 2008. He is recognized as one of Africa’s 50 most influential people.
8. E. A. Adeboye
Enoch Adejare Adeboye is a popular pastor often called Daddy G.O. He’s said to be one of the most influential and popular pastors in the world. People say that he’s the most approachable clergyman in Nigeria and one of the most humble pastors in the world. Daddy G.O. has been the leader of one of the most famous churches in Nigeria – the Redeem Christian Church of God for 30 years! This is one of the biggest churches in Nigeria.
Net worth: estimated as $39 million