A pastor is an ordained leader of a Christian congregation who serves humanity by providing guidance to people.
Being a man of God has its advantages as some have become very rich through their churches and other investments.
Many pastors worldwide are building multi-million dollar empires, flying around in private jets, driving fancy cars and being owners of breathtaking mansions all over the world.
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These millionaire men of God are very popular all over the world.
RichestLifestyle has compiled a list of 10 richest pastors in the world and their individual net worth. Among the 10, 5 of the pastors who made the list are from Nigeria, with Bishop David Oyedepo, founder of Living Faith Ministries aka Winners Chapel, topping the list.
Below is the top 10 richest pastors in the world as of 2014:
1. David Oyedepo – Net worth: $150 Million (Nigeria)
Bishop David Oyedepo founded the Living Faith World Outreach Ministry in 1981 and it has since grown to become one of the largest congregations in Africa. Every Sunday, three services are held at the Faith tabernacle, Canaan Land in Otta. Oyedepo owns private jets and homes in the US and the UK. He recently celebrated his 60 birthday.
2. Chris Oyakhilome - Net worth: $50 Million (Nigeria)
Christian Oyakhilome known popularly as Pastor Chris is a Nigerian minister who is the founding president of Believers' LoveWorld Incorporated also known as Christ Embassy, a Bible-based Christian ministry headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria. His church has more than 40,000 members, several of whom are successful entrepreneurs and politicians. His ministry runs several arms including the Healing School, Rhapsody of Realities (a daily devotional with global reach), and an N.G.O called the Innercity Missions as well as three Christian television channels: LoveWorld TV, LoveWorld SAT and LoveWorld Plus.
3. Benny Hinn - Net worth: $42 Million (United States)
Benny Hinn is a well-known Christian evangelist and Bible teacher who practices faith healing. This Israeli-American televangelist earned wealth through his ministry and evangelical program. He is well-known for his regular miracle healing crusades, which are held in large stadiums in major cities and broadcasted on TV. His thirty-minute TV program This Is Your Day is among the world’s most-watched Christian programs, seen on various Christian television networks.
4. Creflo Dollar: Net Worth: $27 Million (United States)
Creflo is an American televangelist, pastor and a Word of Faith teacher. He is a founder of the non-denominational World Changers Church International. He oversees his ministry with his wife, Taffi Dollar. 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 World Changers Church International (WCCI).
5. Billy Graham - Net worth: $25 Million (United States)
He is an ordained Southern Baptist minister who rose to celebrity status in 1949 reaching a core constituency of white, middle-class, moderately conservative Protestants. He founded the Billy Graham Evangelist Association in 1950. Graham operates a variety of media and publishing outlets
6. T. D. Jakes – Net worth: $18 Million (United States)
Thomas Dexter popularly called T. D. Jakes is the Apostle/Bishop of The Potter’s House, a non-denominational American mega-church that has over 30,000 members. His ministry’s annual revival MegaFest draws more than 100,000 people.
7. T.B. Joshua - Net worth: $15 Million (Nigeria)
Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua commonly referred to as T. B. Joshua, is a Christian minister and televangelist. He is the leader and founder of the The Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN), which runs a Christian television station called Emmanuel TV. His humanitarian works include education, healthcare and rehabilitation programs.
The 8 position is occupied by Matthew Ashimolowo and Chris Okotie, both from Nigeria.
8. Matthew Ashimolowo - Net worth: $10 Million (Nigeria)
Matthew is the Senior Pastor of Kingsway International Christian Center (KICC) in London, the largest Pentecostal church in the United Kingdom. It has assets worth more than $40 million and earns profit of more than $10 million.
8. Chris Okotie - Net worth: $10 Million (Nigeria)
Christopher Oghenebrorie Okotie popularly referred to as Chris Okotie is the leader of the Household of God Church International Ministries, a Pentecostal congregation in Lagos, founded since February 1987. He is an automobile lover and owns several posh cars which include a Mercedes S600, Rolls-Royce, Hummer and Porsche.
9. Joseph Prince – Net worth: $5 Million (Singapore)
Annual salary of this Singaporean pastor is $550,000. Pastor Joseph Prince is the senior pastor of the New Creation Church in Singapore. The New Creation Church’s financial income was reported at $44.7 million US dollars in 2008. He hosts a religious program called “Destined to Reign.” He has addressed many congregations worldwide.