Do you know what it entails to be the richest pastor globally? Believe it or not, addressing the congregation is not the only way pastors become rich. According to Church Fuel, pastors earn from counseling, affiliate marketing, writing a book, and starting a business using their salaries. In this article, you will learn how each pastor achieved their net worth. Without further ado, here is the list of the 20 richest pastors in the world in 2022.
20. Joseph Prince ($5 million)
Joseph is a pastor from Singapore. He serves as a senior pastor of the New Creation Church in Singapore, one of the largest in Asia. Besides pastoring, he hosts a television program called “Destined to Reign,” which airs in 150 countries. Also, he has managed to publish two best sellers. One of his books was even considered one of Christian Retailing’s “Top 100 Books.”
19. T.D. Jakes ($20 million)
He is an American bishop, filmmaker, and author. Jakes is the bishop of a non-denominational megachurch called the Potter’s House. In 1981, he became the pastor of the Greater Emanuel Temple of Faith. A few years later, he joined another church called Higher Ground Always Abounding Assemblies, where his congregation gradually grew. Before moving to the Potter’s House in 1996, he set up a publishing firm that published his books in 1995. Jakes spends most of his fortune on jewelry, houses, and cars.
18. Rick Warren ($25 million)
Rick is an American pastor and author. He became interested in pastoring at 19. Later, he cofounded his church with his wife called Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. The church is the eighth largest in the United States. Besides being a pastor, he has also written famous books titled “The Purpose Driven Church” and “The Purpose Driven Life.”
17. Creflo Dollar ($27 million)
Creflo is an American Word of Faith teacher, pastor, and founder of the non-denominational church called the World Changers Church International. Most of his earnings have been through his ministries. Besides preaching, he is also a publisher. For instance, he publishes a quarterly magazine called Change, a bimonthly resource newsletter called The Max, and several books. The pastor has been lampooned for his prosperity theology and his luxurious lifestyle. For instance, he owns a 2.5 million dollar home in Manhattan, a private jet, two Rolls-Royces, and a million-dollar home in Atlanta.
16. Ray McCauley ($29 million)
He is a South African religious leader and author. Currently, he is a senior pastor at Rhema Bible Church and the president of the International Federation of Christian Churches (IFCC). When Ray opened a branch of Rhema Bible Church in his parents’ home, only 13 people would attend his service. However, as the number of his audience grew, he changed the venue of his ministry several times. Due to the high number of attendees in his church, his ministry remains his primary source of income.
15. Enoch Adeboye ($39 million)
He is a Nigerian pastor and the general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God. Initially, he worked at the church as an interpreter before being ordained as a pastor. The church has several branches in Nigeria and the rest of the world, significantly contributing to his massive earnings. With the proceeds, he started his gospel television station called Dove TV and a university called Redeemer’s University. The pastor now owns a bulletproof Rolls-Royce Phantom, a $65 million G550 luxury jet, a Land Rover Discovery, and a Mercedes-Benz Gelandewagen.
14. Benny Hinn ($40 million)
Benny is an Israeli speaker, televangelist, and speaker. He rose to fame in the late 1980s when he debuted his faith and revival meeting summits called “Miracle Crusades.” Besides the summits, he ran his Christian television program called “This Is Your Day.” Ultimately, the television show made him rich in the 1990s since it quickly became popular worldwide. With his newfound fame, he decided to write books, and they have also largely contributed to his wealth.
13. Jesse Duplantis ($50 million)
Jesse is a minister of the Covenant Church. He preached his first sermon in 1976 when he was introduced to TBN by John Hagee. Later, he would become a full-time evangelist in 1978. His sermons are popular worldwide due to his sense of humor in his teachings. In 2018, he controversially asked his audience to donate money to purchase a private jet worth $54 million. According to Christian Post, he claimed he would use the jet to spread the gospel worldwide. However, he already owned three jets by that time, which further befuddled his followers.
12. Paul Adefarasin ($50 million)
Paul was born into a wealthy family in Nigeria. Initially, he would use his father’s wealth to fuel his drug addiction. However, in 1994 he became saved and gave up his drug addiction. Following his conversion, he enrolled for a diploma in Christian Ministry. With his theological knowledge, he was able to start his ministry called The House on the Rock. The church has over 77 parishes in Africa and Europe. Besides pastoring, he earns as an author and a host of a television program called “Something Is About to Happen.”
11. Uebert Angel ($60 million)
Uebert is a British-Zimbabwean charismatic evangelical preacher and founder of Spirit Embassy in the United Kingdom. Before becoming a pastor, he was already rich from his numerous business activities. For instance, he founded Club Millionaire Limited, which provided concierge services in Britain and engaged in the real estate business. With his earnings, he was able to start the Uebert Angel Foundation. The foundation provides scholarships to poor students. He also started another charity organization called Free Earth Humanitarian Organization. The organization generally helps underprivileged people meet their needs.
10. Joel Osteen ($100 million)
Joel is an American televangelist and an author. , about 10 million Americans view his televised sermons. Besides the United States, his sermons are also popular in 100 other countries. He was ordained as a minister in Lakewood Church in 1992. When his father passed on in 1999, he became the church’s pastor. In 2004, he began his debut writing career by releasing his bestseller “Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential.” Besides writing and preaching, he also has a radio show. With his earnings, he purchased houses worth $10.5 million. Additionally, he owns many cars in his garage, including a Ferrari worth $325,000.
9. Pat Robertson ($120 million)
He is an American media mogul and a televangelist. Currently, he serves as the chancellor and CEO of Regent University and chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network. Occasionally, he appears on “The 700 Club,” a flagship television show. Before he ventured into theological works, he served two years in the Marine Corps. After that, he went to study at New York Theological Seminary and graduated in 1959. Two years later, he was ordained as a Southern Baptist minister. Once he became a minister, he launched the country’s first Christian television station, “The 700 Club,” in 1960. Thanks to his earnings from the show, he owns numerous cars.
8. Romildo Ribeiro Soares ($125 million)
Romildo is a Brazilian televangelist, missionary, businessman, singer, composer, and author. He became a televangelist in the 1960s after reading a book by T.L. Osborn. In the 1980s, he founded the International Church of God’s Grace. The church has branches in Brazil, the United Kingdom, Portugal, etc. He also owns the Graça Artes Gráficas and Editora Ltda, which is a gospel record label. Besides earning from music, he also earns from writing. For instance, he has written 10 Portuguese books, which have since been translated into English.
7. Chris Oyakhilome ($126 million)
Chris is a Nigerian televangelist and faith healer. He is the founder of a Christian ministry called Believer’s LoveWorld. The ministry has several arms, namely: Rhapsody of Realities, the Healing School, an NGO called the Innercity Missions, and three Christian television channels called LoveWorld TV, LoveWorld SAT, and LoveWorld Plus. Even though his ministry is the reason for his wealth, he also earns as an author. A common book he publishes is the daily devotional bible called Rhapsody of Realities. The book has since been translated into hundreds of languages. It is a requirement for each member to have a copy of the book, so he is therefore guaranteed millions of dollars from selling this book.
6. David Oyedepo ($150 million)
David is a Nigerian preacher, businessman, author, and founder of the Living Faith Church. Before becoming a preacher, he briefly worked with the Federal Ministry of Housing in Ilorin, Nigeria. In 1981, he started his church after claiming God mandated him through an 18-hour vision. Five years later, he was ordained as the bishop of the church. With the proceeds from the church, he owns private jets and homes in London and the United States. Also, he owns Dominion Publishing House, which publishes his books.
5. Shepherd Bushiri ($150 million)
Shepherd is a Malawian pastor based in South Africa. He is an author, prophet, motivational speaker, and businessman. The Enlightened Christian Gathering, a church he established in South Africa, has branches in Ghana, Malawi, South Sudan, etc. Besides earning from his churches, he owns a company called Shepherd Bushiri Investments. The company is involved in real estate, oil, transportation, mining, and hospitality.
4. Kenneth Copeland ($300 million)
Kenneth is an American televangelist, author, public speaker, and musician with ties to the Charismatic Movement. Most churches and critics generally regard him as the face of the prosperity gospel. Before he converted to Christianity and became a preacher in 1962, he was a recording artist. He even managed to have a hit in the Top 40 with his single titled “Pledge of Love.” His affluence mainly comes from his church’s donations. He has acquired a $20 million private jet and a $6.3 million lakefront mansion through donations. With the reliance on donations to fund his lifestyle, some people speculate that his net worth could even amount to $1 billion.
3. Valdemiro Santiago ($350 million)
Valdemiro is a Brazilian pastor and leader of the World Church of the Power of God. Before becoming the leader of this church, he was a preacher at the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God. He was allegedly expelled from the church due to misunderstandings between him and the management. That then prompted him to start the World Church of the Power of God. He has since started several other churches. With the earnings from his church, he was able to buy a $45 million jet in 2012.
2. Alph Lukau ($1 billion)
Alph is a pastor and founder of Alleluia Ministries International in South Africa. Since starting his ministry in 2002, he has amassed thousands of members worldwide. As a result, he has opened up branches in South Africa, Angola, Congo, Zambia, Namibia, DR Congo, and many other countries. The pastor owns a private jet, motorbikes, a Range Rover, Rolls-Royce, and a Bentley. He makes the headlines from time to time due to his luxurious lifestyle.
1. Edir Macedo ($1.1 billion)
Edir is a Brazilian religious leader and a prominent media baron. He serves as the chairman and owner of Rede Record, Brazil’s second-largest television network. Currently, he is the richest pastor in the world. In 1977, he started his denomination in Rio de Janeiro called the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God. It has steadily evolved into one of the largest denominations in the country. With his earnings from the church, he bought Rede Record in 1990. The television network is the major reason he is affluent. Later on, he opened another television network in Atlanta called W67CI.
As a pastor, you will only address your audience once per week. That means some pastors end up having too much time on their hands. It is no surprise that most of the pastors on this list have other interests besides pastoring. Besides keeping themselves busy with other activities, these pastors can also achieve a high net worth from other side hustles. As the pastors became famous, some ventured into writing. It makes sense since their books will quickly sell instead of trying to sell books as an unknown person.