Last month Forbes released its listing of the 10 richest pastors in the world and at the top of the list ironically is a man whose 50,000 seat church is named Winner’s Chapel. Located in Nigeria, the church led by Bishop David Oyedepo is the single largest church in the world.
Oyedepo—who is credited as one of the founders of the Nigerian Christian Charismatic movement and leads an international network of churches— was ranked at number one on the list with an estimated net worth of $150 million.
Coming in at number two was Bishop T.D. Jakes ($147 Million) whose ministry has expanded from his Dallas-based Potters House to TV, film, books and conferences like Megafest. Number three on the list is Chris Oyakhilome ($50 million) who in addition to his Lagos, Nigeria based, Beilevers’ Loveworld Incorporated, owns three television channels. With $42 million, Israeli televangelist Benny Hinn was fourth on the list. His Holy Spirit Miracle Crusades attract millions around the world and his 30-minute TV show, This Is Your Day, is among the world’s most watched Christian programs.
He’s not quite met his goal of putting a church “within 5 minutes” of every home in the world, but Pastor Enoch Adeboye’s Redeemed Christian Church of God (net worth $39 million) has 14,000 branches in Nigeria and boasts followers in upwards of 100 countries.
Rounding out the list are Creflo Dollar ($27 million); Kenneth Copeland ($25 million); Billy Graham ($25 million); “Prophet” T.B. Joshua of Nigeria ($10 million) and Joseph Prince ($5 million), who heads the largest church in Asia.