Richest Pastors in the World 2020: Most times, I see parents warn their children not to be pastors in future because pastors are mostly poor and low class citizens. This is common amongst African parents.
Well, i do agree with the fact that some pastors are poor, but i disagree with the saying that; anyone who chooses to become a pastor has chosen to become poor.
That is apparently a fallacy because there are hundreds of pastors around the world that are richer than some people in the entertainment industry. In fact, most of the pastors I know are living very fine.
Today, i am going to disclose my list of the richest pastors in the world and their net worth (2020). So, if you are wishing to become a pastor of a church someday, this article is for you.
Accordingly, If you are one of those that believes pastors are poor people, i enjoin you to read this article till the end. It will prove to you that not all pastors are poor.
As you will see from this article, most of the richest pastors here are not those that have big churches or members, but those that have other investments that eventually brings money to them.
Without wasting much of your time, lets quickly see the richest lawyer in the world and their net worth.
Richest Pastors in the World
Below are the richest pastors in the world and their estimated net worths:
- Bishop David Oyedepo – $150 million
- Pastor Thomas Dexter Jakes Sr – $147 million
- Pastor Chris Oyakhilome – $50 million
- Pastor Joel Scott Osteen – $40 million
- Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye – $30 million
- Pastor Creflo Augustus Dollar Jr. – $27 million
- Pastor Kenneth Max Copeland – $25 million
- Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo – $16 million
- Pastor Temitope Balogun Joshua – $10 million
- Pastor Pat Robertson – $10 million
Okay! There you have the richest pastors in the world. I guess you are already thrown aback by the the names contained in that list.
Well, if you really want to know more about the pastors I just mentioned above, i enjoin you to join me as I give you full details about the pastors mentioned here. Trust me; you are not going to regret reading this one!
Note that the list above was not fabricated from thin air. I actually did a thorough research about the richest pastor in the world according to Forbes and other reputable media companies before compiling this list. Conversely, based on networth, above are the richest pastors in the world.
1. Bishop David Oyedepo – $150 million
David O. Oyedepo is apparently the richest pastor in the world world. He is the founder of Megachurch Faith Tabernacle in Ogun State, Nigeria, and Living Faith Church Worldwide.
Bishop David Oyedepo was born in September 27, 1954. He started started his career as a pastor in May 1981 after he received a prophecy from God to liberate the world from all oppression of the devil through the preaching of the word of faith.
It will surprise you to know that Bishop David Oyedepo is not just a pastor. He is also a respected businessman, architect and and educationalist.
According to Forbes in 2011, Bishop David Oyedepo became the top richest pastor in Nigeria due to his countless investments. That was same year he was mentioned as the richest pastor in the world.
Currently, Bishop David Oyedepo is the Chancellor of Covenant University and Landmark University with a net worth of about $150 million. Indeed, this shows that he is really a good business man too.
2. Pastor Thomas Dexter Jakes Sr – $147 million
Thomas Dexter Jakes Sr. (Also known as T. D. Jakes) is undoubtedly one of the richest pastors in the world too. Aside from being a pastor, T. D. Jakes is also a filmmaker and a well known author. I have read many of his books, and in my opinion, he is truly a good one.
Thomas Dexter Jakes is currently the Bishop of “The Potter’s House“. He started as a pastor in 1980 in Greater Emanuel Temple of Faith, a storefront church in Smithers. At that time, he was at the age 23.
It will surprise you to know that T. D. Jakes is actually a good singer too. In fact, his song “A wing and a prayer” was the best Gospel or Chorus Album at the 46th Grammy Awards in 2003. This actually made him even more popular.
T. D. Jakes Ministries was established In 1994 as a non-profit organization. However, in 1996, he relocated at Dallas, Texas, where he founded the Potter’s House, a non-denominational megachurch.
Accordingly to Wikipedia, Thomas Dexter Jakes Sr. has won many awards over the years. Notable among them is the Grammy and Dove Award. He was also among the Top 10 Religious Leaders in America according to Ethics Newsweekly. No doubt, Thomas Dexter Jakes sr is one of the richest pastors in Nigeria currently.
3. Pastor Chris Oyakhilome – $50 million
The next person on my list of the richest pastors in the world is Pastor Chris Oyakhilome (Popularly known as Pastor Chris). He is the founder and president of LoveWorld Incorporated, also known as Christ Embassy. His church is actually worldwide but it is based in Lagos, Nigeria.
Pastor Chris is a very popular pastor in Africa and other continents. He is not just a pastor but a well known author too. As you already know, pastor Chris is the author of Rhapsody of Realities, which is distributed monthly in several countries.
During my secondary education, this book (Rhapsody of Realities) was usually distributed to students in my school for free. To be frank, i learned a lot from it. In my opinion, it contributed greatly to the popularity of Pastor Chis.
In other to fully learn about divinity, Pastor Christ obtained an honorary doctorate degree in divinity from Benson Idahosa University. In 2011, he was announced by Forbes as one of the top 5 richest pastors in Nigeria with a net worth of about million – $50 million.
Talking about his Philanthropic works, Pastor Christ has helped thousands of Indigent people all over the world. This has also been corroborated by Wikipedia and other media sites.
4. Pastor Joel Scott Osteen – $40 million
Joel Osteen is apparently one of the richest pastors in the world too. He is the richest American pastor in 2020 with a networth of $40 million.
Joel Scott Osteen is known as the most influential preacher on the planet. He is also one of the most powerful religious leaders too. Personally, I knew about Joel Scott Osteen on Instagram after a friend of mind shared his video with me.
Frankly speaking, Joel is doing well as a pastor. With the videos I have watched about him on Instagram and other social media, I think he is really bent on impacting the lives of people and making them more useful in the society through the world of God.
Joel’s book; “Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential” really touched the lives of many people in 2004. In fact, the book reached the 1st position on The New York Times Best Seller list that year.
Accordingly to Wikipedia, Joel Scott Osteen was someone who never wanted to go into preaching Christ, but his father pushed him into Christianity.
When his father eventually died, Joel decided to pick up his Bible and start preaching. This was the turning point of his life. No doubt, he is also one of the richest pastors in the world currently.
5. Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye – $30 million
Another wealthy pastor you need to know is Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye. He is the General Overseer of Redeemed Christian Church of God, located in Lagos, Nigeria. Adeboye is a well respected man in the world. He is one of those pastors that has really contributed greatly to the growth and development of their countries.
According to NewsDesk, Enoch Adejare Adeboye is one of the top 50 powerful people in the world. Actually, he was not the founder of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, but he was ordained a pastor of the church in 1977. He eventually became the General Overseer of the church in 1981.
It will surprise you to know that Enoch Adejare Adeboye actually studied at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) but due to the Civil War, he complete his studies at the University of Ife, which is now known as Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU).
Evidently, Enoch Adejare Adeboye is one of those pastor that made their wealth solely by being a pastor. Research shows that he actually left his university position and started preaching about God from his early age.
Today he is one of the richest pastors in the world with about $30 million net worth. This has been corroborated by many other news and media companies like Forbes, NewsDesk etc.
6. Pastor Creflo Augustus Dollar Jr. – $27 million
Creflo Augustus Dollar Jr. is a 58 years old American televangelist and rap artist. He is was the founder of the non-denominational World Changers Church International based in College Park, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta.
According to Wikipedia, Creflo Augustus Dollar went to the University of West Georgia. Though, after he graduated from school, he immediately went into divinity and started up his church.
When Creflo Augustus Dollar first started his church, he had just 8 members who attended the church. However, as time passed by, Creflo got members from different countries of the world. He started a radio broadcast where he taught prosperity theology and many people loved his message.
Currently, Dollar heads the Creflo Dollar Ministerial Association, Creflo Dollar Ministries, and Arrow Records. He is evidently one of the richest pastors in the world.
7. Pastor Kenneth Max Copeland – $25 million
Kenneth Max Copeland is another powerful and rich pastor. He is one of the well known American televangelist and author based in Tarrant County, Texas. Kenneth is the founder of Kenneth Copeland Ministries. As an author of religious books, most of his works are recommended by many other religious leaders.
In America, Kenneth Max Copeland is known for preaching the prosperity gospel. This has been the major part people criticize about him very well. In fact, some people say he preaches prosperity not christ. Anyway, i don’t really know how true this is.
Around 2020, Kenneth Max Copeland became even more popular due to the Corona Virus outbreak. According to him, the outbreak was a sign of the end time. He later stated that he has ended the still on-going pandemic.
Well, that is not really the subject matter for today. The truth is that, Kenneth Max Copeland is a very rich pastor and that is why he made it to this list.
He is referred to as a very rich man with about $25 million net worth account to Wikipedia. I enjoin you to do more research if you really want to know about this man of God.
8. Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo – $16 million
Matthew Ashimolowo is a well respected Pastor and Clergyman in America. Wikipedia postulates that he was never a Christian until the death of his father. He converted from Islam at the age of 20 after the death of his father before enrolling with a Bible school.
Today, Matthew Ashimolowo is one of the richest pastors in the world with about $6 – -$10 million according to Forbes in 2011.
In the ministry where he is a Senior Pastor, Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC), annual accounts confirmed that he earns an annual salary of £100,000.
That is really a huge amount of money I must confess. Evidently, majority of his wealth was made as a pastor. In fact, when I did a research about Ashimolowo, there nothing showing that he had other sources of income but from the sale of Christian literature and documentaries from his media company, Matthew Ashimolowo media.
Just as Copeland, Matthew Ashimolowo is also known as a preacher of prosperity. This has been his major criticism since inception. Some people also know him for his financial irregularities.
9. Pastor Temitope Balogun Joshua – $10 million
Temitope Balogun Joshua (Also known as T.B. Joshua) is also one of the richest pastors in the world currently. He is well respected man of God and a known author. T.B. Joshua is not just a pastor, he is also televangelist and philanthropist based in Lagos, Nigeria.
Temitope Balogun Joshua is the leader and founder of The Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN), one of the biggest international churches in Nigeria. SCOAN was a heaven vision given to pastor T.B. Joshua as a way of bringing people to christ.
As a man that is known in every part of the world, T.B. Joshua harnessed ICT to reach out to millions of people all over the world. His YouTube Channel has over 1,000,000 million views every day. Accordingly, his TV Channel (Emmanuel TV) is in almost every decorder in the world.
T.B. Joshua has been described as the most powerful man in Africa. His church attracts members from different continents. One of the major critisms of pastor T.B. Joshua is the fact that he does not keep relationship with other pastors. In fact, pastor Christ Okotie once described him as a “son of the devil”.
10. Pastor Pat Robertson – $10 million
The last person on my list of the richest pastors in the world is pastor Pat Robertson. He is another wonderful televangelist, political commentator, former Republican presidential candidate, and former Southern Baptist minister.
From his description above, it is apparent that Robertson is not just a pastor. He is also into other things too. As at the time the article was first published, Robertson was 90 years old with about $10 million net worth. He is the CEO of Regent University and chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN). Evidently, Pat Robertson is a well respected pastor all over the world.
Accordingly to Wikipedia, Pat Robertson is known for his conservative Christian ideology and is known for his past activities in Republican party politics. According to research, Pat Robertson was not a Christian until he experienced hardship even after graduating with a first class at Yele University. This eventually brought him to Christianity.
Okay! This is where I am going to drop my pen on the richest pastors in the world. Hope this article has resolved the false speculations as to whether pastors are rich or not. Like i said before, this article was not fabricated from air. This is a list of the richest pastors in the world based on net worth.
Conversely, you can see from the above that some of the richest pastors didn’t really get rich by running a church. Most of them are good investors too. This shows that being a pastor does not actually stop someone from becoming rich.
Meanwhile, if you have any question or contribution to make to this work, i would like to here from you. Kindly use the comment section below this post to send your comments. I will give you a reply as soon as possible.
Edeh Samuel Chukwuemeka ChMC, is a Law Student and a Certified Mediator/Conciliator in Nigeria. He is also a Developer with knowledge in HTML, CSS, JS, PHP and React Native. Samuel is bent on changing the legal profession by building Web and Mobile Apps that will make legal research a lot easier.