Recognised fortune rating website, Forbes has just released its 2018 list of the world’s richest clergymen and Nigeria’s Bishop David Oyedepo is the new number one.
With a net worth of $150 million, Daily Post reports that the founder and General Overseer of Living Faith Church surpassed others to be crowned as the world’s richest pastor.
Apart from his net-worth, Bishop Oyedepo heads the single largest church in the world, also known as Winners’ Chapel.
He is also highly influential, exerting a lot of control over churches in Dubai, the United Kingdom, the United States and 45 African nations including Nigeria.
Combined, these things make him the richest pastor in the entire world.
Forbes’ list of the top richest pastors in the world include:
Bishop T.D. Jakes Net Worth 2018 — $147 Million
The second place goes to the head of the Potter’s House Megachurch and Potter’s Touch television program, Bishop T.D. Jakes.
According to Forbes, most of his net worth comes from the sales of his Grammy-worthy gospel music, books, and other appearances. His influence can be felt around the world.
Chris Oyakhilome Net Worth 2018 — $50 Million
Pastor Chris of the Believers’ Loveworld Incorporated, also known as Christ Embassy has the third position.
In 2017, his church faced some troubles in South Africa, reportedly the country was going to arrest Oyakhilome for not being more financially transparent.
This did not stop him from gathering a massive fellowship in Nigeria and other parts of the world. The fact that his three separate television channels attract at least 2.5 million views per nightly event is also a notable feat.
Benny Hinn Net Worth 2018 — $42 Million
Despite tax investigations by the United States Senate and the Ministry Watch, Benny Hinn is the fourth richest pastor in the world whose luxury possessions include a Gulfstream G4 jet.
Hinn is highly regarded by his followers in Canada and the United States, who truly believe his “faith healing” message.
E. A.Adeboye Net Worth 2018 — $39 Million
Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) comes in fifth.
Over time, he has become everyone’s beloved Daddy G.O, grooming and mentoring many popular pastors including Bishop Oyedepo.
His church has also grown a lot with his goal to put a church “within 5 minutes” of every home in the world.
Reportedly, there are at least 14,000 branches in Nigeria alone.
Creflo Dollar Net Worth 2018 — $27 Million
Pastor Creflo is the sixth richest pastor in the world, according to Forbes.
Over the years, he has faced a lot of troubling circumstances including getting arrested in 2013 for allegedly attacking his own daughter and getting an F by the Ministry Watch for financial transparency.
Still, he continues to preach what has been categorized as “prosperity” gospel, attracting large followers, as he owns a Rolls Royce, and multiple $2.5 million dollar estates.
Kenneth Copeland Net Worth 2018 — $25 Million
The seventh position goes to Kenneth who used to be a successful recording artist, whose 1957’s “Pledge of Love” made it to #17 of the top 40 Billboard hits of the year.
Now, he has own ministry, a program called “Believers Voice of Victory”, prosperity messages, private jet, and a $6.3 million estate.
Billy Graham Net Worth 2018 — $25 Million
Graham is a well-beloved preacher who was once regarded by many as “America’s Pastor.”
He has been around for the past two generations reportedly gathering an estimated audience of around 2.2 Billion individuals across the world.
T.B. Joshua Net Worth 2018 — $10 Million
The ninth slot goes to Nigeria’s own Prophet Joshua, who has been involved in a lot of controversies pertaining to his claims to deliver people from possession, AIDS, and 3 reported deaths in the U.K. linked to his church.
Still, he has managed to have over 1.5 million Facebook fans and currently wields a lot of influence over many people in different parts of the world.
Joseph Prince Net Worth 2018 — $5 Million
Last, but not the least is the head of the largest church in Asia, who reportedly gets a salary of $550,000 per year.
His influence is particularly felt online through his sermons, videos and podcast listened to in over 150 countries.