Meet The 50 Richest Pastors In The World

There are thousands of religions around the globe. It’s even been said that they are some of the most profitable organizations in the world. There are billions of dollars spent yearly on churches, advertising, and publications. In addition to that are the salaries for the clergy that reach into millions of dollars.

Many members of the church don’t believe that the clergy can make a lot of money, but evidence shows that they do. Many leaders of the church live a lavish lifestyle. Because of that, some pastors are heavily criticized. Critics say that they just use religion and Bible to earn money.

Here’s the list of the richest pastors in the world and their estimated net worth. Not all of them earned their net worth through their career as pastors, some owned other businesses and have other jobs that also gave them their massive wealth. Let’s start from the top 50!


1. #50 – Paul Cain

Estimated Net Worth: $1 Million

Paul Cain is a Pentecostal Minister. He was one of the Voice of Healing revivalists in 1950’s. He started his career at the age of 18. Beginning in 1987, he was associated with the Kansas City Prophets, and shortly afterwards with the ministry of John Wimber. In February 2005, Cain stepped down from the ministry and confessed that he struggled with homosexuality and alcoholism. However, in 2007, he was restored as a minister after his supposed rehabilitation.


2. #49 – Bill Moyers

Estimated Net Worth: $1 Million

Bill Moyers started his career in journalism with an internship with the United States Senate, the young University of Texas graduate caught the eye of Senator Lyndon B. Johnson who helped secure future work for him as a television editor. He also pursued theology while working in broadcasting. In 1959, he was ordained as minister.


3. #48 – Richard Rossi

Estimated Net Worth: $1 Million

After a drug overdose, Rossi was inspired to change his lifestyle and take his experience and his fascination with faith healing to the pulpit and thus he became a so-called born-again Christian. In 1984, he opened his first church – The Fellowship. In 1994, he became a prime suspect when his wife was found nearly dead on the side of the road. The trial ended in a hung jury with Rossi sentenced to probation and domestic violence counseling.


4. #47 – Charles Stanley

Estimated Net Worth: $1.5 Million

Stanley was only 14 when he began his work as a minister. He graduated from the University of Richmond and the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. After, he was appointed as a pastor at the First Baptist Church. His largest program today, In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley is played across hundreds of radio and television networks.

5. #46 – Jimmy Swaggart

Estimated Net Worth: $1.5 Million

Jimmy Swaggart has been in the ministry for 57 years. In the 1950’s, he had launched his own telecast on a small AM radio network. Then he turned to television evangelism with weekly sermons aired on over 200 networks. In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, he faced prostitution and sex scandals that resulted in the downsizing of his followers base. Through his music, radio, and television ministry, he earned an estimated net worth of $1.5 million.


6. #45 – R.C. Sproul

Estimated Net Worth: $2 Million

Robert Charles Sproul is the founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries, established in 1970. He used the internet to gain followers. He launched the online radio station called the Reformation Network, and has authored dozens of books.


7. #44 – N.T. Wright

Estimated Net Worth: $2.5 Million

Nicholas Thomas Wright is one of the most popular New Testament scholars in all of Great Britain. He started his ministry in 1975. He retired as a bishop in 2010.


8. #43 – Jack Van Impe

Estimated Net Worth: $2.5 Million

Also nicknamed the “Walking Bible,” Van Impe graduated from Detroit Bible Institute in 1952 and began his career as an evangelist. In 1954, he and his wife launched the Jack Van Impe Ministries on television. He also founded the Jack Van Impe Ministries International Foundation, having a total yearly revenue of nearly $12 million with an annual salary of $150,000 for Impe himself.


9. #42 – Louis Farrakhan

Estimated Net Worth: $3 Million

He launched his career as a professional musician in the 1950s, and at the same time he was introduced to the teachings of the Nation of Islam. He was  responsible for the Million Man March in Washington, D.C. in 1995.


10. #41 – Ernie Fletcher

Estimated Net Worth: $3 Million

He is a politician, a preacher, and a physician. In 1999 he joined the United States House of Representatives until 2003.


11. #40 – Clifton Davis

Estimated Net Worth: $3 Million

Clifton Davis is an American actor, songwriter, singer, and a pastor. He holds a BA in Theology from Oakwood University and a Master of Divinity degree from Andrews University. Davis is a regular guest host on Trinity Broadcasting Network. He also hosted the Gospel Superfest TV show from 2000 to 2008.


12. #39 – Reinhard Bonnke

Estimated Net Worth: $4 Million

For the last 50 years, Reinhard Bonnke crossed Africa for his missionary work. He claimed that he has preached to more people than any other evangelist in the world.


13. #38 – Tony Campolo

Estimated Net Worth: $4 Million

He became the spiritual adviser of President Bill Clinton. He founded the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education.


14. #37 – Leroy Jenkins

Estimated Net Worth: $4 Million

He is a evangelist from South Carolina who became a born-again Christian after being convicted of arson in 1979. Jenkins started his own faith healing ministry called the “Leroy Jenkins Ministries” – using “miracle water.”


15. #36 – Noel Jones

Estimated Net Worth: $5 Million

At the age of 19 he enrolled at the Aenon Bible College where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Theology. In 1994, he became a pastor at the Greater Bethany Community Church in Los Angeles.


16. #35 – John Hagee

Estimated Net Worth: $5 Million

After he finished his theological training, Hagee led Trinity Church in San Antonio in the 1970s then established The Church at Castle Hills in 1975. He also established John Hagee Ministries and broadcasts his sermons on television and radio.


17. #34 – Joseph Prince

Estimated Net Worth: $5 Million

Prince became the Senior Pastor in the New Creation Church, one of Asia’s megachurches. From that, he earned an annual salary of $550,000


18. #33 – Al Sharpton

Estimated Net Worth: $5 Million

Sharpton became a Baptist minister in 1994 and is one of the most controversial pastors. In 2014, reports revealed that he “regularly sidestepped” his debts and owed millions in back taxes. However, he managed his wealth when he became the trusted White House adviser and the host of his radio show, Keepin’ It Real.


19. #32 – Eddie Long

Estimated Net Worth: $5 Million

Before he started his profession in evangelism, he was a sales representative for Ford Motor Corporation for a long time. He became a pastor in a small Georgia church, then took over New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in 1987.


20. #31 – Kay Arthur

Estimated Net Worth: $5 Million

She once admitted that she “went down on her knees a harlot and got up a saint.”She goes to Mexico for missionary work with her husband regularly.


21. #30 – John MacArthur

Estimated Net Worth: $5 Million

He was ordained as a Christian evangelical preacher in the 1960’s. He began his career behind the pulpit in 1964 at the Calvary Bible Church in Southern California. After that, he joined Grace Community Church in Los Angeles and became its president from 1984 until today.


22. #29 – Paula White

Estimated Net Worth: $5 Million She is currently working as the Senior Pastor of the New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka, Florida. She is known for her humorous sermons and thousands attend to hear her sermons.


23. #28 – Ravi Zacharias

Estimated Net Worth: $7.5 Million

He is an Indian-born apologist. He has authored many books, and one of them won the Gold Medallion Book Award. He was invited to evangelize in Vietnam to the American Soldiers in 1971. That was the stepping stone to his career in evangelism.


24. #27 – Chris Okotie

Estimated Net Worth: $7.5 Million

He is a Nigerian televangelist and the pastor of the Household of God Church International Ministries, a Pentecostal congregation in Lagos, Nigeria. He has also run for presidency  3 times but lost every time.


25. #26 – Juanita Bynum

Estimated Net Worth: $10 Million

She is an American Pentecostal televangelist. She is also an author, an actress, and a religious singer. She became a New York Times Best Seller and wrote many religious books.


26. #25 – Matthew Ashimolowo

Estimated Net Worth: $10 Million

He is Nigerian pastor, and currently works as the Senior Pastor of the Kingsway International Christian Center. He has programs that air on radio stations and television networks.


27. #24 – Jesse Jackson

Estimated Net Worth: $10 Million

Jackson is an American Civil rights activist and a Baptism Minister. He is also a politician. He was ordained as a minister in 1968 but focused on his career in politics. He sought presidency but lost in both 1984 and 1988 elections. He served as a shadow U.S. Senator in Washington, D.C. from 1991 to 1997.


28. #23 – Joyce Meyer

Estimated Net Worth: $10 Million

She is a charismatic Christian author and speaker. Meyer speaks humorously, sharing her own shortcomings and taking playful jabs at stereotypical church behavior. She accumulated her wealth as a result of her television and radio programs in addition to a number of books.


29. #22 – Peter Popoff

Estimated Net Worth: $10 Million

Popoff is a German-American televangelist. He is a self-proclaimed prophet and a faith healer. He performed healing a number of ailments such as anxiety, depression, heart conditions and paralysis. However, in the mid 1980’s the truth was revealed that all of his healings were just a hoax. He disappeared from the spotlight for a decade, then made a comeback in the 1990’s and started drawing followers again.


30. #21 – Ed Young

Estimated Net Worth: $11 Million

Edwin Barry Young is the founder and currently the Senior Pastor of his “Fellowship Church.” He founded this church in 1990. His international ministry includes televised broadcast, Ed Young Television, C3 Global and Fellowship Live. He has also wrote many religious books.


31. #20 – T.B. Joshua

Estimated Net Worth: $15 Million

Temitope Balogun Joshua is a Nigerian evangelist who proclaimed himself as a prophet. He founded the Synagogue Church of All Nations and was popularized by claiming that he had healed every sort of illness ranging from cancer to HIV.


32. #19 – Cindy Trimm

Estimated Net Worth: $15 Million

Trimm identified herself as an empowerment specialist. She became a senator at the age of 30 in Bermuda. She built her incredible wealth through her publications and guest appearances. She is currently serving as pastor for Florida’s Embassy Worship Center.


33. #18 – Ernest Angley

Estimated Net Worth: $15 Million

Angley is an American evangelist, author, and television station owner. His interdenominational ministry was originally based at Grace Cathedral in Springfield Township, Ohio. He began his online Bible College in 2011.


34. #17 – T.D. Jakes

Estimated Net Worth: $18 Million

Thomas Dexter Jakes, Sr. is an American pastor, author and filmmaker. He is the bishop of The Potter’s House, which has 30,000 members. He started his career as a pastor at the age of 23 in 1980. His first served as a pastor in the Greater Emanuel Temple of Faith.


35. #16 – Kirk Cameron

Estimated Net Worth: $20 Million

Kirk Cameron is a TV actor, an evangelist, and a show host. Ray Comfort is his partner in the evangelical ministry The Way of the Master, and co-founded The Firefly Foundation with his wife, actress Chelsea Noble.


36. #15 – Billy Graham

Estimated Net Worth: $25 Million

William Franklin Graham Jr., or most known as Billy Graham, served briefly as pastor of the First Baptist Church in Western Springs, Illinois from 1943 to 1944. He took over the radio program titled “Songs in the Night” when it was nearly cancelled due to lack of funding. While the radio ministry continued for many years, Graham decided to move on in early 1945. In 1947 he became the president of Northwestern Bible College in Minneapolis. At that time, he was the youngest president of any college in the US. He served as a spiritual adviser for President Eisenhower, President Johnson, and President Nixon.


37. #14 – Rick Warren

Estimated Net Worth: $25 Million

Warren is an American evangelical Christian pastor and author. He founded the Saddleback Church, an evangelical megachurch in Lake Forest, California. Warren is also a best-seller author.


38. #13 – Kenneth Copeland

Estimated Net Worth: $26.5 Million

Copeland is one of the leaders of the Charismatic Movement. Aside from being a televangelist, he is also an author and a speaker. He has been strongly identified with preaching a prosperity and abundance message, commonly referred to as the prosperity gospel, which has been criticized by various denominations.


39. #12 – Creflo Dollar

Estimated Net Worth: $27 Million

Creflo Dollar is a televangelist, pastor, and the founder of the non-denominational World Changers Church International in Georgia, Atlanta. He is known for his controversial teaching called the prosperity theology, or the gospel of wealth. He owns two Rolls-Royces, a private jet, and real estate such as a million-dollar home in Atlanta, a $2.5 million home in Demarest, New Jersey, and a $2.5 million home in Manhattan, which he had sold for $3.75 million. When Dollar’s private Gulfstream III jet ran off the runway at Biggin Hill Airport, UK, he launched a fundraising campaign to get his followers to pay about $60 million for a new Gulfstream G650 jet. He suggested his followers each commit to giving $300 or more. However, due to backlash, the project was made optional for his followers. Several months later, the board of World Changers Church International announced that they were ready to acquire a Gulfstream G650.


40. #11 – John Danforth

Estimated Net Worth: $30 Million

Another politician-pastor on our list is Danforth. He started his career as the Attorney General of Missouri from 1969 to 1976, then he was elected to the United States Senate and served as a senator for 19 years. He became the US Ambassador to the United Nations from 2004-2005. After he retired from politics, he now spent his time as an Episcopal priest. He is one of the owners of the National Hockey League team, the St. Louis Blues.

41. #10 – Joel Osteen

Estimated Net Worth: $40 Million

Osteen is an American preacher and televangelist. He is the Senior Pastor of Lakewood Church, the largest Protestant church in the United States. He is also a New York Times best-selling author due to the outstanding success of Your Best Life Now.


42. #9 – Benny Hinn

Estimated Net Worth: $42 Million

Hinn is a televangelist. He is best known for his Miracle Crusades, a revival meeting or faith healing summits that are usually held in stadiums in major cities, which were later broadcast worldwide on his television program, This Is Your Day. He  claimed that he had miraculous abilities to heal blindness, cancer, AIDS, and damaged limbs. His healing abilities came into question when he was admitted to a California hospital for shortness of breath after completing a mission in Brazil. Anthony Thomas, the director of the film that investigates Hinn’s healing told CNN that they did not find any cases where people were actually healed by Hinn.


43. #8 – Chris Oyakhilome

Estimated Net Worth: $50 Million

Pastor Chris is a Nigerian minister. He founded the Believers’ Loveworld Incorporated, also known as the “Christ Embassy”, a Bible-based Christian ministry headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria. Oyakhilome runs a global prayer network using social network platforms to send messages to Christians around the world regularly. He has 1.2 million twitter followers and over 30 million followers on his own social networking site called Yookos.


44. #7 – Janice Crouch

Estimated Net Worth: $50 Million

Couch is an American religious broadcaster. She and her husband founded the Trinity Broadcasting Network in 1973. In 2012, she was accused by her granddaughter, a former employee and chief finance director of the network, of misappropriating network funds to spend on a lavish lifestyle. Expenditures included expensive homes, private jets, massive custom wigs, and a $100,000 air conditioned mobile home solely for her dogs.


45. #6 – Robert Tilton

Estimated Net Worth: $50 Million

Tilton is an American televangelist of the prosperity gospel widely known for his infomercial-styled religious television program Success-N-Life. He taught that life’s trials, especially poverty, were results of sin. He asked all his followers to make a financial vow of $1,000. When he received a vow, he claimed that the one who gave it will be blessed with material things. In 1991, Diane Sawyer and ABC News conducted an investigation of Tilton. They found out that he threw away the prayer request letters without just reading them and kept only the accompanying money. His ministry earned money that way, totaling in at approximately $80 million every year. In the years of 1992 and 1993, many donors of Tilton’s show sued him for fraud.


46. #5 – Enoch Adeboye

Estimated Net Worth: $55 Million

Enoch Adeboye is a Nigerian pastor and the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God. He is also known as “Daddy Go.”


47. #4 – David Oyedepo

Estimated Net Worth: $150 Million

Oyedepo is a Nigerian Christian author, preacher, and the founder and presiding Bishop of Living Faith Church World Wide, also known as Winners’ Chapel. He is one of the richest pastors in the world. Oyedepo is the senior pastor of Faith Tabernacle, a 50,000 seat church auditorium, reported to be the largest church auditorium in the world as recognized by Guinness Book of Records.


48. #3 – George Foreman

Estimated Net Worth: $250 Million

He is a two-time World Heavyweight Champion and Olympic gold medalist. In 1977, announced his faith as a born-again Christian and took a break from the ring to become an ordained minister. He retired from boxing in the year 1997.


49. #2- Pat Robertson

Estimated Net Worth: $500 Million

One of the biggest names in the evangelical industry is Pat Robertson.  In 1961, he was ordained as a Minister of the Southern Baptist church. For the last 50 years, he  hosted the television show The 700 Club. He is also the founder of the ABC Family Channel and Regent University.


50. #1 – Edir Macedo

Estimated Net Worth: $1.1 Billion

The number 1 richest pastor on our list is no other than Edir Macedo. He is a Brazillian evangelical leader. He is also the owner of the second largest television network in Brazil, Rede Record. He also teaches the prosperity theology. He used the church’s fund to purchase radio stations, television networks, real estate, health insurance, and even an airline. When criticized about his wealth he answered: “If I preach prosperity and my clothes are ragged, who will follow me?” Let us know what you all think about these pastors and their immense wealth!