One of the first things many people associate with religion and the religious is charity and selflessness; that veneer however is washed away when you look a little further in, at least when it comes to mega pastors. You know, the ones on television and who do this as a business. You wouldn’t believe just how much money they have accumulated through their career; with that said, here are just 10 of the richest mega pastors (make sure you prepare for your jaw to drop):
10. Rev. Joseph Prince ($5 million)
Pastor Joseph Prince of the New Creation Church Singapore does quite well for himself; he earns an annual salary of $550,000 every year, in part due to his religious program, Destined to Reign.
09. Pastor Chris Okotie ($10 million)
Nigerian Pastor Chris Okotie didn’t get his start as a pastor – far from it, in fact. He originally started out as a pop musician in the 80s, and when he became religious, he founded the Household of God Church, and brought some of that energy from his days as a pop star to his faith.
08. Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo ($10 million)
Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo is no slouch – this man operates the Kingsway International Christian Center, which over the years eventually became the largest Pentecostal church in the United Kingdom. I guess it’s no surprise that he’s as big as he is!
07. Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua ($15 million)
Not too many members of the faith on this list are quite as big as Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua in terms of humanitarian efforts; not only is the the leader of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, he is one of the most humanitarian religious leaders in Nigeria.
06. Bishop T. D. Jakes ($18 million)
Bishop T. D. Jakes is not shy about his status – he operates The Potter’s House, a mega church with more than 30,000 members in its congregation. Every year, the church hosts a MegaFest event that attracts well above 100,000 visitors.
05. Evangelist Billy Graham ($25 million)
Evangelist Billy Graham, founder of the Billy Graham Evangelist Association, has accumulated a fair amount of wealth, and the reason why is unsurprising – his sermons were very powerful to a lot of people, and people could hear him on TV and radio all across the United States.
04. Dr. Creflo Dollar ($27 million)
Dr. Creflo Dollar perhaps has the most… interesting name on this list. He is the founder of the World Changers Church International, which works on a platform that God wants his followers to prosper.
03. Pastor Benny Hinn ($42 million)
Pastor Benny Hinn is rather well-known in the US; the Israeli-American religious leader can be found on television as well as in large stadiums performing “miracle healing crusades.”
02. Pastor Chris Oyakhilome ($50 million)
Leader of the Christ Embassy, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome has helped a number of members of his congregation become more powerful and rich themselves. He himself is a major entrepreneur, having his hands in various magazines, newspapers, hotels, real estate, and more.
01. Bishop David Oyedepo ($150 million)
Yeesh! This is number one with a bullet. Bishop David Oyedepo of Nigeria is the founder of the Living Faith World Outreach Ministry, and his combined net worth is greater than the bottom eight entrants on this list. He does service three times a week… jeez, I would love to be that rich and only work three days!
As is said in Matthew 19:24. Not all religious figures who have managed to accumulate a vast amount of wealth are greedy, and perhaps these people aren’t either. People should always take note however to always do their best to be good to one another and do with what you have for who you can.