American business magazine Forbes has recognized 7 Nigerian pastors amongst its latest list of 20 world richest pastors, following the 2017 edition of its yearly review.
With average net worth of $10 million, 7 Nigerian pastors made the cut for the top 20 list including General Overseer of Living Faith Church, Bishop David Oyedepo who made the 5th spot. He was followed by Nigerian counterpart, Pastor E.A Adeboye at the number 6 spot, Bishop Ayodele Oritsejafor in the number 7 spot.
Also included on the list is the founder of Christ Embassy Church, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome; Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo, Prophet T.B. Joshua and Chris Okotie all made a spot on the list.
Pastor Edir Macedo who is the founder of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God in Brazil, tops the overall list of men of God from all over the world.
See list of the top 20 World Richest Pastors below:
1. Edir Macedo
Edir Macedo is the founder of Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, Brazil. He is worth $1.1 billion and is the richest pastor in the world. Macedo is also the founder of Grupo Record and Record News.
2. Kenneth Copeland
Kenneth Copeland is the founder and owner of Kenneth Copeland Ministries. His church is located on a 1,500 acre campus and the property has loads of structures. He has a net worth of $760 million.
3. Pat Robertson
Pat Robertson’s net worth is $500 million. Pat Robertson is an executive chairman, media tycoon, and a Southern Baptist minister. Robertson also owns corporations and organizations, and a University as well.
4. George Foreman
Former professional boxer George Foreman is at the 4th spot of world richest pastors with a networth $250 million. He is a preacher at the the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ in Houston.
5. Bishop David Oyedepo
Nigerian Pastor and founder of Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota; Living Faith Church Worldwide A.K.A Winners Chapel International World Headquarter is the richest Pastor in Nigeria and Africa. Bishop Oyedepo has a networth of $150 million. He owns 2 universities – Landmark and Convenant University.
6. Pastor E.A Adeboye
Pastor E.A Adeboye is the General Overseer of Redeemed Christian Church of God. He is worth $130 million. His net worth is $130 million.
7. Bishop Ayodele Oritsejafor
With additional investments in banking, real estate, transportation and also media, Oritsejafor gains a spot at the No.7th in the world and 3rd richest pastor in Nigeria. He is worth $120million.
8. Prophet Uebert Angel
Prophet Uebert Angel is the founder of the Spirit Embassy Church. He is rumored to be worth $60 million.
9. Chris Oyakhilome
Chris Oyakhilome is worth $50 million. He is the founder of Christ Embassy church. The church boasts of 40,000+ members; many of whom are reportedly politicians and entrepreneurs.
10. Benny Hinn
Benny Hinn runs a program tiled Miracle Crusade and the programs are usually held in big stadiums. He is worth up to $42 million.
11. Joel Osteen
Joel Osteen is a pastor, televangelist and has also written a number of Christian books. The name of his church is Lakewood church Houston Texas. His net worth is $40 million.
12. Pastor Tshifinwa Irene
Pastor Tshifinwa Irene is a televangelist and her church is situated in Venda.
13. Creflo Dollar
Creflo Dollar is the senior pastor at World Changers Church International. He worth up to $27 million.
14. Pastor Ray Macaulay
Pastor Ray Macaulay is based in South Africa. The name of his church is Rhema Bible Church. He received his training in 1979 and he started his church afterwards with his family.
15. Billy Graham
Billy Graham is a very popular televangelist and preaches on many radio and television stations. His net worth is $25 million.
16. Rick Warren
Rick Warren is the founder of Saddleback Church Lake Forest California. He is worth $25 million.
17. Bishop T.D. Jakes
Bishop T.D. Jakes is worth $18 million. He produces movie and he is a preacher and a writer. His house reportedly costs up to $1,700,000.
18. Prophet T.B. Joshua
Prophet T.B. Joshua is a philanthropist and the Senior Pastor at Synagogue Church of All Nations. He is worth up to $15 million.
19. Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo
Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo is an intellect, aside being a pastor. He is the founder of Kingsway International Christian Center located in the United Kingdom. He is worth over $10 million.
20. Juanita Bynum
Juanita Bynum is an American televangelist, author, singer and actress. She is worth $10 million.
20. Chris Okotie
Chris Okotie was a pop star turned pastor. He has popular songs in the 80s and was doing well as an artiste before dedicating his life to God and founded Household of God Church. He is worth $10 million. He shares the position with Juanita Bynum on the Forbes list of World Richest Pastors.