The American Forbes Magazine has released a list of the top 21 richest pastors in the world with a fortune ranging from 10 million dollars to over a billion dollars.
These pastors have built real empires whose influences have reached well beyond the religious sphere. LOL it is unfortunate that despite the fact that Africa is the poorest continent in the world we have the larger numbers of the richest pastors in the world. Here is the list below:
21. Chris Okotie
Before becoming a pastor, Chris Okotie was a famous singer known for the hit 80s song, “Show Me Your Backside.” His church, among the more flamboyant ones in Nigeria, has about 5,000 followers including many local stars. He even ran in the Nigerian presidential elections three times in vain. A big fan of luxury cars, he possesses, among others, a Mercedes S600, a Hummer, a Rolls Royce Phantom and a Porsche. His fortune is estimated at 10 million dollars
20. Juanita Bynum
As an American televangelist, author, singer, and actor, Juanita Bynum has an impressive resume. This former hairdresser and flight attendant attracts tens of thousands of followers and it is in Kenya where she has beaten all her previous records by having 750,000 followers. Ticket sales for her sermons, her DVDs and her books have allowed her to build a fortune estimated at $10 million.
19. Matthew Ashimolowo
Matthew Ashimolowo, a Nigerian pastor, is the founder of the “Kingsway International Christian Center” (KICC) based in the United Kingdom. At the age of 20, he converted to Christianity and enrolled in a Christian school. Sent to the United Kingdom to develop the antenna for a Nigerian congregation, he decided to create his own church. Today, he is the head of the largest Pentecostal congregation in the United Kingdom. His two favorite topics to talk about are health and money. His predominantly black audience spends millions of dollars a year to attend his shows. His fortune is estimated at 10 million dollars
18. T.B Joshua
T.B. Joshua, the “Prophet,” is one of the most controversial pastors in Nigeria. Indeed, he owes his success to his “ability” to cure diseases said to be incurable such as HIV/AIDS, paralysis, or certain cancers. His church, called The Synagogue – Church of all Nations, brings together 15,000 members every Sunday and has bases located in Nigeria, Ghana, the United Kingdom and Greece. T.B. Joshua also has his own TV channel called “Emmanuel TV,” which is also the largest Christian TV channel in Africa. Extremely popular on the internet, T.B. Joshua has more than 2.5 million fans on Facebook, more than 500,000 subscribers on YouTube, and his videos have been viewed more than 240 million times. His fortune is estimated at 15 million dollars
17. T.D. Jakes
After becoming a pastor in his twenties, T.D. Jakes has built a fortune of $18 million. This American has made it work by within all these fields, such as being a pastor, film producer, and writer. T.D. Jakes is very popular on social networking sites with almost 600,000 fans on Facebook, 3 million followers on Twitter, and 1.7 million followers on Instagram. His shows even attracts more than 300,000 people. His fortuned is estimated at 18 million dollars
16. Rick Warren
Rick Warren is the founder of the Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, which is the eighth largest congregation in the United States. Every Sunday, 20,000 followers come together at this church. This Christian pastor is also a prolific author, and his book, The Purpose Driven Life, has sold more than 30 million copies. He makes most of his living from 10% of his fortune, reallocating 90% of the rest. Rick Warren is an influential person in the United States and is frequently invited to speak at prestigious conferences at places like Harvard University, TED, the World Economic Forum and even the African Union. He also organized a debate between Obama and McCain throughout the presidential race, proof of the growing influence of megachurches in politics. His fortune is estimated at 25 million dollars
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