Did you know that pastors can make an astonishing amount of money? That’s right – millions, sometimes billions of dollars. Whether you agree with pastors owning private jets or luxurious penthouses, it doesn’t matter. Like other celebrities, pastors are making more than more than some actors and athletes.
In fact, you might be surprised at the amount of money that certain pastors make. Nowadays, people are interested in more than just going to the church for a simple sermon. Many pastors make money from doing speaking engagements, making movies and writing books for their followers.
There are many opportunities to make money when it comes to religion, and the 12 pastors listed below will be sure to inspire some people to reach for their religious doctrine and follow their dreams.
Pastor Eric Macedo – $1.1 billion
1. Pastor Eric Macedo has an astonishing net worth that is approximately $1.1 billion. This Brazilian Pastor is the founder of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God. This preacher has a reputation for having one of the largest television networks in Brazil. However, he uses the money to buy everything from health insurance to real estate.
Kenneth Copeland – $760 million
2. Kenneth Copeland is the Pastor for Kenneth Copeland Ministries and has a net worth of around $760 million. Located in America just a short drive from Fort Worth, the church is found on a large 1500-acre lot. This Pastor enjoys spending his money on his own lakefront mansion and private jet, among other aircraft.
Pastor Valdemiro Santiago – $200 million
3. Pastor Valdemiro Santiago started the World Church of the Power of God and has an estimated net worth of $200 million. He has over 4,000 temples and 900,000 followers. Santiago like to spend his money on things like a private jet and a luxurious lifestyle.
Pastor David Oyedepo – $150 million
4. In West Africa, Pastor David Oyedepo is one of the richest with a net worth of $150 million. Oyedepo founded the Living Faith World Outreach Ministry back in 1981 and has large congregations at the Faith tabernacle. He has homes in both the UK and US and many private jets to travel the world to preach.
Bishop T.D. Jakes – $147 million
5. Bishop T.D. Jakes is well-known for his television programs – Head of the Potter’s House Megachurch and Potter’s Touch. He has a net worth of approximately $147 million, which he likes to spend helping people in need. His in known for his connections with President Bush and Obama, who have both remarked on his faithful actions and intents.
Pat Robertson – $100 million
6. Pat Robertson is another Pastor broadcasting his gospel, from Virginia to over 180 countries. He is the founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network and has an estimated net worth of $100 million. This pastor likes to spend his money starting large companies, like the Christian Coalition that raises money and support for political candidates that are conservative.
Chris Oyakhilome – $50 million
7. Chris Oyakhilome is a native of Lagos, with a net worth of $50 million that matches his enthusiastic schedule. This pastor started Love-world incorporated and three different television channels to spread the word of god. However, this pastor claims to have the power of “faith healing.” Claiming to be able to heal AIDS, which has created a lot of controversy.
Benny Hinn – $42 million
8. Benny Hinn is an Israeli-American Evangelist with a net worth of approximately $42 million. This pastor founded the Orlando Christian Center and also broadcasts his message through crusades. However, many question his claim to be able to “cure” terminal illnesses like cancer.
Joel Osteen – $40 million
9. Joel Osteen is a pastor at the Lakewood Church located in Houston, TX, and has a net worth of $40 million. He followed in his father’s footsteps, becoming not only a pastor but a televangelist, despite the fact that he has little to no religious training. However, this did not stop Osteen and he has become popular in over 100 different countries.
E.A. Adeboye – $39 million
10. E.A. Adeboye started at the University of Lagos, Nigeria, preaching and teaching. Creator of the Redeemed Christian Church of God he has amassed a net worth of $39 million. His goal is to have a church located just 5 minutes from every single home in the world. He is on his way, spending a majority of his money on over 14,000 churches in Nigeria alone.
Creflo Dollar – $27 million
11. Creflo Dollar is not only a preacher but a respected American Bible teacher and founder of the World Changers Church International. This successful American preacher has accumulated a net worth of $27 million. Dollar is one of the flashiest American Ministers, from driving around in a Rolls Royce to his million dollar estates.
Billy Graham – $25 million
12. Billy Graham started preaching to white, middle-class, conservative Protestants in America. He founded the Billy Graham Evangelist Association back in 1950, the Southern Baptist minister has an estimated net worth of $25 million. This pastor has become a celebrity, as his television and radio stations broadcast his sermons across the country.