For some in the profession of clergy who work long hours leading their congregations, making ends meet is a constant struggle. Pastors of small churches rely upon the tithes and offerings to keep churches running and they take their salaries from what is left over, often working other jobs to support their families. According to Belief Net the average American pastor earns $45,000 per year with many earning less. Others have built wealthy empires, leading large congregations, televising their sermons and selling books they’ve authored or CDs and more. Have you ever wondered what the net wealth of the pastors leading these mega churches is? Here are the ten richest pastors in the world to show how lucrative spreading the gospel can be.
10. Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye – $39 Million
Pastor Enoch Adejare Adoboye is the tenth richest pastor in the world. He is a native of Nigeria who is referred to by his followers as “Daddy GO. He pastors the Redeemed Christian Churches of God and oversees the organization. His annual salary is $2 million per year. He is also the owner of Dove TV which is a gospel TV station that airs a variety of church programs including his weekly sermons. Pastor Adeboye is a very wealthy man who ones several homes and a private jet .
9. Joel Osteen – $40 Million
Joel Osteen is the senior pastor of the Protestant organization Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. He is also a New York Times best selling author who now leads the biggest protestant based church in the United States. He also founded the television program which airs his sermons. He served as producer of the televised sermons for his father who was pastor up until his death, then Joel took over and has been the senior pastor ever since. Mr. Osteen also has a talk show called “Joel Osteen Live.” The main focus of his ministry is preaching the gospel and living a life of obedience to God and avoiding sin. He teaches about the power of love as well as prosperity. He lives in a home that is valued at $10.5 million . There are 52,000 people who attend his Houston based church weekly with an estimated 7 million people who view his broadcasts weekly in 100 countries throughout the world .
8. Benny Hinn – $42 Million
Benny Hinn is a televangelist who was raised Orthodox in his native country of Israel. He became a pentecostal Christian as a teenager. He started his ministry through the Orlando Christian Center and started a ministry of faith healing and preaching the gospel. His sermons and healing seminars are broadcast on The Trinity Broadcasting Network throughout the world. He is best known for his crusades and for his This Is Your Day television program. His birth name is Toufik Benedictus and he owns many luxury items including a private jet .
7. Chris Oyakhilome – $50 Million
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome is the seventh richest pastor in the world. He founded the Believers’ Loveworld Incorporated Christian ministry. The mega church is located in Lagos. He is a faith healer who preaches that faith can heal all illnesses. His ministry operates several branches including the NGO Inner City Missions for Children, three Christian television channels, the Loveworld book series, the Healing School and the Rhapsody of Realities. His net worth is currently estimated to be $50 million.
6. Uebert Angel – $60 Million
Pastor Uebert Angel is a Zimbabwe clergyman who founded Spirit Embassy. The church was later named the Good News Church. He is the founder of the Angel Organization as well as its CEO. Pastor Angel is referred to by Forbes Magazine as a pastor who offers services to the very wealthy who do not have the luxury of time. He’s an international minister and founder of the Millionaire Academy which assists people in business ventures and provides mentorship for them. He lives on a 14 acre estate in a mansion and is the owner of multiple expensive luxury cars .
5. Pat Robertson – $100 Million
Pat Robertson is a well known American pastor from Virginia. He established the Christian Broadcasting Network in 1960 which broadcasts the 700 Club program of which Robertson is the host, along with other programs. His birth name is Marion Gordon Robertson but he goes by Pat. He ran for the office of President of the United States, but was defeated. After his unsuccessful run, he founded a Christian right wing organization called the Christian Coalition,  which raises funds to support conservative candidates in the political arena. He also founded Regent University and serves as their chancellor and CEO. Mr. Robertson also founded a law firm in Washington D.C. called the American Center for Law & Justice . His father was Willis Robertson, a United States senator .
4. Emmanuel Makandiwa – $100 Million
Emmanuel Makandiwa founded the United FAmily International mega church as well as the Apostolic Faith Mission. He is known for providing controversial “miracle cures” as well as delivering prophecies. He is the owner of a private jet, a luxury home and Christ TV .
3. Ayo Oritsejafor – $120 Million
The third richest pastor in the world is Ayo Oritsejafor, commonly referred to as Papa Ayo Oritsejafor. He founded the Word of Life Bible Church, located in Nigeria. He is the senior pastor of the church which has broadcasts via international satellite through its Christian television station throughout Africa and a total of 75 countries in the world. He was formerly the National President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria as well as president of the Christian Association of Nigeria .
2. Thomas Dexter Jakes – Net Worth $150 Million
The second richest pastor in the world is Bishop TD Jakes, also known as Thomas Dexter Jakes. His net worth is an amazing $150 million . He leads the non-denominational Dallas, Texas based mega church called The Potter’s House. Jakes is a film maker and producer in addition to being a member of the clergy. Some of his films include “Miracles from Heaven,” “Winnie Mandela” and “Heaven is for Real” . He’s become wealthy through the support of his congregation as well as sales of the many books that he has authored and from his gospel music .
1. Kenneth Copeland – Net Worth $760 Million
Kenneth Copeland is the founder of Kenneth Copeland Ministries, in Lubbock, Texas, USA. The grounds are a massive 1,500 acres for the ministry. He is a popular televangelist who hosts the “Believers Voice of Victory” televised ministry . The program is broadcast through radio, television, and podcasts throughout the world . He lives with his wife Gloria in their mansion with an estimated value of $6 million, but it is owned by the church . His dream was to become a recording artist and he’s sold many albums throughout the course of his ministry with one song that made it to the 12th position in the Top 40 hits in 1957 . He has also authored multiple books and publications .