Nigeria’s favourite pastors make Forbes list

The latest Forbes list of top 20 richest pastors in the world features seven Nigerian pastors.

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According to Daily Post, this list has the founder of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God in Brazil, Pastor Edir Macedo in the top spot and seven Nigerian pastors.

These seven Nigerian pastors are Bishop David Oyedepo, who holds the fifth spot, followed by Enoch Adeboye, Bishop Ayodele Oritsejafor, Chris Oyakhilome, Prophet T.B. Joshua, Matthew Ashimolowo and Chris Okotie.

Here is the full list of the world’s top wealthiest pastors:

1. Edir Macedo is a Brazilian pastor and preacher worth $1.1 billion. Macedo is the founder of Universal Church of the Kingdom of God. He is also the founder of Grupo Record and Record News. Macedo is the richest pastor in the world.

2. 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’s net worth is $500 million. Pat Robertson is an executive chairman, media tycoon, and a Southern Baptist minister. Robertson has amassed this wealth from setting up many corporations and organizations, and a University too.

4. George Foreman is a former professional boxer who is worth $250 million. He is a preacher at The Church of Lord Jesus Christ in Houston. Recently, he released a book entitled God in My Corner: A Spiritual Memoir.

5. Bishop David Oyedepo is a Nigerian preacher. He is the founder of Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota; Living Faith Church Worldwide A.K.A Winners Chapel International World Headquarters. Oyedepo has two universities — Landmark and Covenant University. He is worth $150 million. He is the richest pastor in Nigeria and Africa.

6. Pastor Enoch A. Adeboye is General Overseer of Redeemed Christian Church of God. He is worth $130 million. His net worth is $130 million.

7. Bishop Ayodele Oritsejafor is one of the richest pastors in Nigeria. He is also worth $120 million. He has investments in banking, real estate, transportation and also media.

8. Prophet Uebert Angel is the founder of the Spirit Embassy Church. He is very popular and associates with both the less privilege and widows in his country. He is rumoured to be worth $60 million.

9. Chris Oyakhilome is the founder of Christ Embassy and his church boasts of up to 40,000 membership. He is worth up to $50 million. Many of his church members are politicians and entrepreneurs.

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10. Benny Hinn runs a program titled Miracle Crusade and the programs are usually held in big stadiums. He is worth up to $42 million.

11. 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 is Divine Truth World Restoration Services for World peace by Jesus Christ. She is a televangelist and her church is situated in Venda.

13. Creflo Dollar is a pastor and a teacher of the Word of God. Name of his church is World Changers Church International. He is a popular pastor in the United States and he is worth up to $27 million.

14. 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 is a very popular televangelist and preaches on many radio and television stations. His net worth is $25 million.

16. Rick Warren is the founder of Saddleback Church Lake Forest California. He is worth $25 million.

17. Bishop T.D. Jakes is worth $18 million. He produces movies,  he is a preacher and a writer. His house costs up to $1,700,000.

18.Prophet T.B. Joshua is among the most controversial pastors in Nigeria and he is a philanthropist. The name of his church is Synagogue Church of All Nations. He is worth up to $15 million.

19. This spot is held by Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo and Juanita Bynum, they are both worth over $10 million. Ashimolowo is the founder of Kingsway International Christian Center located in the United Kingdom. Bynum is an American televangelist, author, singer and actress.

20. Chris Okotie was a pop star before switching to preaching as a pastor. His hit song ‘Show Me Your Backside’ was popular in the 80s.

The name of his church is Household of God Church. He is worth $10 million.

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