Among the list of world’s richest pastors is popular Nigerian man of God, Bishop David Oyedepo, of the Living Faith Tabernacle also known as Winners Chapel. It is an estimation by media houses.
Bishop Oyedepo was reported to have beaten the likes of Pastor Adeboye, Chris Oyakhilome, TB Joshua and other powerful men of God to emerge number one. He is worth $150 million which is about 54 billion when converted to naira.
As one of the main founders of the Nigerian Christian Charismatic movement, he also exerts control over churches in 45 African nations as well as several in Dubai, the United Kingdom and the United States. He is also the owner of Covenant University, Sango Ota, Ogun state.
Bishop David Oyedepo
Check out list of others below:
2. Bishop TD Jakes:
Bishop T.D. Jakes
Bishop TD Jakes needs no introduction both in Nigeria and abroad, he is a common face on countless national broadcast stations. He has been ranked the second richest pastor in the world with $147 million (N53 billion).
However, most of his wealth originated from sales of his gospel music (for which he has won at least one Grammy award), books and numerous syndicated appearances. As it turns out, Jakes is also of Nigerian heritage which was proven when he allowed for his DNA to be tested for a PBS program.
3. Pastor Chris Oyakhilome:
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
With about $50 million (N18 billion), Pastor Chris Oyakhilome has been ranked number three on the list of richest men of God in the world.
Aside from being the General Overseer of Christ Embassy, Pastor Oyakhilome also owns Believers’ Loveworld Incorporated where he has shot a lot of top Nigerian gospel artists into limelight. He also owns three separate television channels that gather up to 2.5 million views per nightly event.
4. Benny Hinn:
Benny Hinn is perhaps the most openly controversial of any American televangelist. He is worth about $42 million (N15 billion).
Regardless of this shady financial status, Hinn has continued to have a solid fellowship in both Canada and the United States. Followers of his teachings believe that if they are prayed for, they can be healed of any illness. Among his many luxury possessions is a Gulfstream G4 jet.
5. Pastor Enoch Adeboye:
Pastor Enoch Adeboye
The general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, reportedly worths about $49 million (N14 billion) according to the list of richest pastors in the world.
The man of God began his career in preaching while still maintaining a professorship at the University of Lagos (UNILAG). Pastor Adeboye has a goal to put a church ‘within 5 minutes’ of every home in the world with about 14,000 branches in Nigeria alone.
6. Creflo Dollar:
Known as one of the flashiest of American ministers, Creflo Dollar owns a Rolls Royce, multiple $2.5 million dollar estates as his ministry increases by the day. He is worth about $27million (N9.8 billion).
He like quite a few of his comrades in this list preaches almost exclusively about the prosperity of the gospel.
7. Kenneth Copeland:
Best known for his messages about prosperity and abundance, it appears that Kenneth Copeland can reference quite a bit of firsthand experience. He is worth $25 million (N9 billion).
Copeland has had a lifelong love for flying as well, which allowed him after conversion to become the personal pilot of Oral Roberts before starting his own ministry and owning his own private jet (admittedly paid for from church donations).
Copeland and his family also reside in a $6.3 million estate, where television audiences are invited to sit around the table with the family on ‘Believers Voice of Victory’.
8. Billy Graham:
Often referred to as ‘America’s pastor’, Billy Graham made it to the list of richest pastors in the world. He is worth about $25 million (N9 billion).
From bailing Dr Martin Luther King Jr out of jail during the fight for Civil Rights, to directly writing and supporting Nixon during the Vietnam war, he has always been quite political minded.
Graham was born in 1918 and educated in Anthropology and Biblical Studies by the Trinity Bible College in Florida, he has been a presence for many historic events of the past two generations.
9. Prophet T.B. Joshua:
Prophet T.B. Joshua
Considered a prophet by most of his congregation, TB Joshua has a unique and notable influence in Nigeria. He is reportedly worth $10 million (N3.6 billion).
While primarily preaching from his home city of Lagos, Prophet Joshua has over 1.5 million Facebook fans. He also has a history of sending ‘Anointed Water’ to thousands of individuals worldwide, most notably during the recent Ebola crisis.
10. Joseph Prince:
Head of the largest church in the all of Asia and netting a salary of $550,000 a year, Prince could easily be seen as blessed. Joseph Prince is worth about $5 million (N1.8 billion).
The man of God was born to a Sikh priest and previously employed as an IT consultant, his unlikely career has garnered a grand following worldwide from Malaysia to the United States.
However, Bishop David Oyedepo was mentored by the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye.
This list is an estimation by media houses.