|World Rank||Name||Country||Net Worth (US$)||Church Name|
|1||Kenneth Copeland||United States||$300 Million||Kenneth Copeland Ministries|
|2||David Oyedepo||Nigeria||$150 Million||Winners’ Chapel|
|3||Pat Robertson||United States||$100 Million||Christian Coalition|
|4||Benny Hinn||Israel||$60 Million||Miracle Crusades|
|Nigeria||$50 Million||Christ Embassy|
|6||Joel Osteen||United States||$40 Million||Lakewood Church|
|7||Creflo Dollar||United States||$27 Million||World Changers Church International|
|8||Rick Warren||United States||$25 Million||Saddleback Church|
|9||Jesse Duplantis||United States||$20 Million||Jesse Duplantis Ministries|
|10||Bishop TD Jakes||United States||$18 Million||The Potter’s House|
Christianity is the most popular religion in the world. In fact, about 30% (approximately 2.4 billion) of the world’s entire population believe in Jesus Christ. It is this popularity that enables pastors to be among the richest members of the clergy in the world. Below is a list of the richest pastors in the world. Most of these pastors are predominantly from the United States.
Top Ten Richest Pastors in The World
1. Kenneth Copeland (United States). Net Worth $300 Million
Kenneth Copeland tops the list of the top 10 richest pastors in the world. He is the founder of the Kenneth Copeland Ministries in Texas, USA. Kenneth Copeland claims to be a billionaire. His actual net worth is estimated to be $300 Million.
For his ministries, Kenneth Copeland uses two aircraft estimated to be worth $40 million and owns a $6 million lakefront mansion. He has this property under the name of his church to avoid property taxes.
2. David Oyedepo (Nigeria). Net Worth $150 Million
David Oyedepo is the richest pastor in Africa and the second richest in the world. He hails from Nigeria which has the most Christian believers in the continent of Africa. His church is called The Living Faith Church World Wide a.k.a Winners’ Chapel.
Oyedepo, although popular, is a controversial religious leader. For example, in 2017, he advised his followers to attack members of the terrorist organization Boko Haram that constantly raided the church and killed congregants. On video, Pastor Oyedepo said:
“All the northern forces that are sponsoring these uprisings and killings, I decree the curse of God upon them,” Oyedepo said in the video. “Come on, pray in the spirit everybody. Pray in the spirit, open fire, call down the Holy Ghost fire to descend on the camp of the enemy. Enough is Enough! What demonic devils. What Islamic demons. If Nigeria waits for the church to rise, Nigeria will disappear as a nation.”
“I was even told from report that they were targeting this church. I said what? Even if I was asleep, if you see anybody here kill him! Kill him and spill his blood on the ground. I am saying that to you, what nonsense, what devil. You think our God is an idol? I declare their collaborators cursed. I decree their sponsors cursed!” Oyedepo added.
3. Pat Robertson (United States). Net Worth $100 Million
Pat Robertson is a famous pastor and publisher of several religious, social and political books. He originates from the United States. He is the founder of the Christian Coalition Church. He also established the Christian Broadcasting Network in 1960 which broadcasts the 700 Club program of which Robertson is the host, along with other programs.
Pat’s father was a U.S. Senator from Virginia and Chairman of the Banking and The Currency Committee. Pat Robertson helped spur the rise of the religious right in the 1980s and 1990s and has been influential among religious conservatives for decades. He is widely known for making controversial remarks on his show and predicting God’s judgment.
As one of the strongest Donald Trump supporters, Pat Robertson was one of the Republican religious leaders who called on Trump to concede defeat to President-elect Joe Biden in the 2020 Presidential elections.
“I think it’s a sideshow,” Robertson said Monday on his television show, “The 700 Club,” when asked whether he thinks Trump should run again in 2024. “I think it would be a mistake. My money would be on [former United Nations ambassador] Nikki Haley; I think she’d make a tremendous candidate for the Republican Party.
4. Benny Hinn (Israel)-Net Worth $60 Million
Benny Hinn is a popular televangelist from Israel. He is well known as the founder of the Miracle Crusades. In these “miracle crusades”, revival meeting or faith healing is usually conducted in stadiums in major cities and then broadcast live via various means including live television, social media and YouTube.
Evangelist Hinn is the fourth richest pastor in the world and the only one originating from the Middle East (Israel).
The Benny Hinn Ministries supports more than 60 humanitarian organizations and feeds approximately 100,000 orphans per year. In 2005, Benny Hinn Ministries donated $100,000 to Hurricane Katrina victims. The organization also followed up with $250,000 donation for Tsunami Relief in 2007.