Top 10 Richest “Pastors” in the World
Although the subject of religion is delicate, it is necessary to talk about how the church, whatever its religious inclination is, profits from tithes and other enterprises. Today we tell you how the evangelical church has managed to position its pastors as the richest in the world, according to Forbes magazine.
Meet the 10 richest pastors in the world
10. Rick Warren
With a fortune estimated at US$25 million, Mr. Warren is the founder of the Lake Forest California Saddleback Church, which is the eighth largest church in the United States. This pastor also has a book entitled “The Purpose Driven Life” which has seen a sale of 30 million copies.
9. Billy Graham
His fortune is estimated at US$25 million. This pastor is dedicated to preaching on radio and television, something that makes him one of the most recognized faces of the gospel in the United States and one of the most beloved personalities.
8. Joel Osteen
This pastor, televangelist, and author of many Christian books has generated a fortune of US$40 million. In Houston, Texas as a residence, his sermons on television are watched by more than 7 million people around the world and is broadcast weekly in more than 100 countries.
7. Benny Hinn
Mr. Hinn manages the Miracle Crusade program that has reported a fortune of US$42 million and which brings his faithful together in large stadiums. He is perhaps the most recognized and prosperous Israeli pastor in his region. In an interview with the CNN News channel in 1997, he announced that his annual earnings were US $1 million.
6. Ayodele Oritsejafor
Oritsejafor is one of the richest pastors in all of Nigeria with a fortune of US$120 million. Mr. Oritsejafor has invested in banking, real estate, transport, and media. Also, this church server has among its properties the creation of a Christian channel with satellite transmission to 75 countries.
5. Bishop Oyedepo
Bishop Oyedepo of Living Faith Ministries, which is headquartered in Ogun State, Nigeria is the richest pastor on the African continent. He owns four private jets as well as buildings in the United States and the United Kingdom. He is worth over US$150 million.
4. George Foreman
A former heavyweight boxing champion turned pastor at age 28. It is estimated that he has a fortune of US$250 million and that he invested part of his fortune in the construction of a church and a help center for young people with problems in Houston, Texas.
3. Pat Robertson
Robertson is another evangelist who has his television program and is a media man. He has a fortune of US$500 million. He owes his fortune to investing in different companies and organizations as well as the university he created in 1977 (Regent University).
2. Kenneth Copeland
With a fortune of US$760 million, he is the founder and owner of the Kenneth Copeland Ministries church. His church is located in an area of more than 600 hectares.
1. Eric Macedo
Mr. Macedo is the owner and founder of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God with a fortune of US$1.1 Billion. Also, he owes his fortune to media investment in his native Brazil.