When we talk about the richest men in the world, what comes into our minds are the likes of Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Prince Al-Asad, etc. In the religious setting, we also have pastors who are wealthy and are popular.
These popular men of God have the luxury of traveling through their personal or private jets, or even driving fancy cars, some go about building empires that cost millions of dollars which ranks them among the richest pastors in the world.
One thing that caught my attention as I compiled this list of the 10 richest pastors in the world was the presence of some five notable Nigerian pastors who made the list. Well, one cannot deny that these men are very popular all over the world and have built a reputation for themselves.
Top 10 Richest Pastors in the World 2016
1. Bishop T D Jakes Worth $150.2Million
Bishop T D Jakes lives in a $1.7 million mansion, he has been called America’s best preacher and has featured on the cover of TIME Magazine. He is a writer, preacher and a movie producer. He is the undisputed richest clergy man in the world.
2. Bishop David Oyedepo Worth $150Million
Bishop David Oyedepo is a Nigerian preacher, founder and presiding pastor of The Living Faith Church Worldwide also known as Winners Chapel and also the highest share holder in Covenant University. He has been labelled as Nigeria’s wealthiest pastor and got lots of properties. He is also a leading investor in education as the Covenant University and Landmark University belongs to him also.
3. Enoch Adeboye Worth $55Million
He is listed as one of the most powerful men in Africa. Pastor Adeboye heads the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), something he has been doing for the past 28 years. Among his possession are a private jet.
4. Benny Hinn Worth $52Million
Israeli televangelist, Benny Hinn is best known for his regular “Miracle Crusades”, revivals meeting and faith healing summit that are usually held in large stadiums in major cities,seen by millions on various Christian television networks. He is a very popular man of God with books to his credit
5. Chris Oyakhilome Worth $50 Million
Pastor Chris is the man behind Believer’s Love World Ministries, aka Christ Embassy. The charismatic preacher and his wife Anita are currently divorced, but with more than 50,000 members, he has newspapers, magazines, a local television station, a record label, satellite TV, hotels and is into real estate.
6. Creflo Dollar Worth $27Million
He is an American Bible teacher, pastor, and the founder of World Changers Church International, located in Fluton, Georgia. As his name suggest preachers “Manna” comes in the form of green back. His success is from his ministerial establishment around the United States. He is a founder of the non-denominational World Changers Church International. He has built a multimillion dollar ministry on the message “It is the will of God for you to prosper in every way.” Over the years the ministry has grown rapidly and the church formerly called International Covenant Ministries was renamed. Arrow Records are jointly overseen by the TV evangelist and his wife, Taffi Dollar.
7. Kenneth Copeland Worth $26.5Milllion
According to an article that runs by the Associated Press that ran in 2008, the ministry of Kenneth Copeland is 1500-acre campus, behind an iron gate a half-hour drive from forth worth includes a church, a private airstrip, a hangar for the ministries $17.5million jet and other aircraft, and a $6million church owned take-mansion.
8. Billy Graham Worth $25 Million
He was ordained a Southern Baptist minister and rose to fame as his sermon started getting broadcasted on radio and television. He has conducted many evangelistic crusades since 1948. He is now a world renowned televangelist racking millions of dollars. He founded the Billy Graham Evangelist Association in 1950. Graham operates a variety of media and publishing outlets.
9. Matthew Ashimolowo Worth $16million
Mathew Ashimolowo is the founder of Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC). He first began at the Four Square Gospel Church. Today in the world, KICC is the largest Pentecostal Church in the United Kingdom. He has other business alongside his media company which focuses on Christian literature and documentaries.
10. T. B. Joshua Worth $15 Million
He is one of Nigeria’s most controversial pastors. His full name is Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua but known as T.B Joshua. He is the leader and founder of The Synagogue Church of all Nations, SCOAN, a church he founded in 1987. He also owns a Christian television station called Emmanuel TV.
Due to his healing powers, T.B. Joshua has remained controversial for several years and a safe haven for miracle seeking worshipers. With branches scattered all over the world, he runs humanitarian works on education, healthcare and charity.