Religion has become as “lucrative” as politics and seen as an avenue to garner quick money while fooling gullible individuals. In Nigeria, for example, people have become so “religious” that they are easily fooled. Pastors are now seen as an equivalent to God or as a means to get across to God within the shortest possible time. The brains of some individuals have been washed by ridiculous religious myths by “religious entrepreneurs”.This does not, however, nullify the fact that there are honest pastors who have become rich by owning and managing their own business or having legitimate sources of income.
The top 5 richest pastors in the world are:
Bishop David Oyedepo
With a 2018 estimated net worth of $150million, Bishop David Oyedepo, founder and presiding bishop of Faith Tabernacle in Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria, and Living Faith Church Worldwide, also known as Winners’ Chapel is the richest pastor in the world. His network of churches is located in over 300 cities, in all states of Nigeria, and in several cities in 45 African nations, Dubai, the United Kingdom and the United States
Bishop T.D. Jakes
Thomas Dexter Jakes is the pastor of The Potter’s House, a non-denominational American megachurch. His 2018 estimated net worth is $147 million.
Otherwise known as Pastor Chris, Oyakhilome also makes the list of the world’s richest pastors. He is estimated to be worth $50 million. He is a pastor who is the founding president of Believers’ Loveworld Incorporated, also known as Christ Embassy located in Lagos, Nigeria.
Benny Hinn is an Israeli televangelist, best known for his regular “Miracle Crusades” summits that are usually held in stadiums in major cities and later broadcast worldwide on his television program, This is Your Day. His estimated 2018 net worth is $42 million.
His church stadiums are always packed with thousands of people ready to listen and pay tithes. Based in Houston Texas, his sermons are watched monthly by over 20 million people from over 100 countries. Osteen’s net worth is reportedly over $60 million. He lives with his family in a massive 17,000 square-foot mansion, worth an estimated $10.5 million in River Oaks, Houston, Texas, USA.
Enoch A. Adeboye
Adeboye is a pastor and general overseer of Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Nigeria. Currently, RCCG has several branches globally in about 196 nations, including more than 14,000 in Nigeria. Adeboye has stated that his aim is to put a church within five minutes walking distance in developing cities and five minutes driving distance in developed cities. His estimated worth is $65million.
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