7 Top Richest Pastors In Nigeria And Their Net Worth 2018
In those good days when Christianity started in Nigeria, pastors were very poor and they weren’t so concerned about the money aspect as they prefer to wait and get what ever reward God have for them in heaven, but these days pastors are the richest people in our society today . They marry the most beautiful women, drive the best cars, eat the best food and fly the most expensive private jets while their members continue to live from hand to mouth.
Who is a pastor if not a middleman between God and ordinary people? Pastors should provide counsel and advice to people. Pastor derives from Latin and can be translated as a shepherd. Still, the biblical understanding of the word pastor can be translated as the minister. Therefore, “the ministers” lead their followers to the world of Christianity.
It is quite obvious that pastors are doing very well for themselves as they don’t longer have to struggle to survive and a lot of people are now actually encouraged to become pastors themselves . If you are very observant you will find out that churches are being founded on a regular basis to the extent that you can even find more than 10 churches in one street which is very alarming. When the richest men in Nigeria are being discussed , what comes to the mind first are the likes of Aliko Dangote, Mike Adenuga, Femi Otedola and what have you. But when we are focusing on the religious setting we have a lot of Nigerian pastors who are very wealthy and popular. They live a luxurious life as they tour the world in their private jets , own fancy cars and some even go about building empires that cost millions of dollars which put them among the richest preachers in the world today.
The major source of their increasing wealth is the taxes that members pay , some members donate cars and other valuables to the church . Whatever the income that the church realise it stays in the church and the General overseer are the once who decide how the money are spent and how properties are utilized. Africa has quite a number of rich pastors and these pastors have been proved to be among the richest pastors in the world most especially Nigerian pastors to be precise . The wealthiest pastors in Nigeria today are mostly G.O’s and Apostles, well, we found out they make a lot from their salaries and mostly gifts from church members. But we’re not here to judge though rather we’re here to give you the latest rank of the richest preachers, pastors in Nigeria today.
7. Pastor Chris Okotie
Pastor Chris Okotie is one of the most popular Nigerian pastor , he is the head of Household of God Church who first rose to recognition as a musician before he joined the ministry. He started as a pop musician in the 80’s and later set up the Household of God Church. Pastor Chris Okotie is Nigeria’s most flamboyant church with over 5,000 members consisting of Nollywood movie actors/actresses, musicians, and society people. He has run for presidency three good times and lost . He was heavily criticized from several quarters for insisting that God asked him to contest the elections as people believed he dived into politics for his own selfish reasons.
6. Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor
Papa Ayo Oritsejafor as he is fondly called, is the head pastor of 20,000 member Word of Life Bible Church, Warri, Delta State, Nigeria. He is the current President of the Christian Association Of Nigeria (CAN) which has given him so much influence across Nigeria including presidential honors. Just like every other pastors on this list, he has a private jet (worth billions of Naira), a private bank, and a private university (Eagles Height University) amongst other lucrative private businesses. Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor is well known for his lavish lifestyle, expensive clothing and jewelries (including a massive diamond plated cross Neck chain pendant), quality cars, houses .
5. Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo
Pastor Mathew Ashimolowo is the founder and Senior Pastor of Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC). Aside his ministry, he has involvement in other investment like real estate and media. He first began at the Four Square Gospel Church. Today in the world, KICC is the largest Pentecostal Church in the United Kingdom. Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo is said to earn more than $200,000 every year and worth about $15 Million .
4. Prophet T. B. Joshua
Prophet T. B. Joshua is the most controversial pastor in Nigeria who is the founder and president of The Synagogue Church of all Nations, SCOAN, a church he founded in 1987, located in Ikotun, Lagos. He was born Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua but popularly known as Prophet T. B. Joshua and one of the wealthiest Nigerian pastors today. Prophet T. B. Joshua also owns a Christian television station called Emmanuel TV. He has a healing power which is the reason several people are flooding to his church for miracles including foreigners who are seeking divine intervention in their situations . The man of God is said to worth $16 million . Prophet T. B. Joshua founded Synagogue Church of All Nations in year 1987 and strive for many years to transform it to what it is today.
3. Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
Pastor Chris is the man behind Believer’s Love World Ministries, a.k.a Christ Embassy. He is mostly referred to as Pastor Chris and he founded Believers’ LoveWorld Incorporated also known as Christ Embassy, a Bible-based Christian ministry headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria. His church is blessed with more than 50,000 members and own newspapers, magazines, a local television station, a record label, satellite TV, hotels and is into real estate. He is also a private jet owner and listed as one of the richest preachers in Africa by Forbes.
Net Worth: $50 Million
2. Pastor Enoch Adeboye
Pastor Enoch Adeboye is the second richest Nigerian pastor and preacher 2017 with net worth of $55Million. Pastor Enoch Adeboye is the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), he has been doing the Lord’s work for the past 29 years. The man of God is fondly called Daddy GO and has been able to transformed RCCG to greater heights as seen in the development of a world class Redemption Camp and Redeemer’s university at Mowe, Ogun State. He started trending after he acquired privet jet . The Redemption camp he built is reportedly worth over 200billion naira. The Redeemed church has a University (Redeemers University), high school, private jets, hospitals, a TV station, its printing press amongst other things.
He is widely known for his luxurious and exotic lifestyle like many other rich Nigerian pastors. He own several properties amounting into billions and he was also listed as one of the richest pastors in Africa by Forbs MAgazine.
Net Worth: $55Million
1. Bishop David Oyedepo
Bishop David Oyedepo is no doubt the richest preacher/pastor in Nigeria today 2017 . He is the General Overseer/Senior pastor of The Living Faith Church Worldwide also known as Winners Chapel . He is the first Nigerian pastor that strive to create a rich profile as a pastor and he is also the highest share holder in Covenant University. Bishop David Oyedepo has been labelled as Nigeria’s wealthiest pastor and got lots of properties including houses in all corners of Nigerian, owns private jets and several cars. He owns two private jets (some sources say four) and houses in London and the United States.
He is the owner of Dominion Publishing House, a successful publishing company which publishes all his books. His books talks about prosperity and little or nothing more. He founded Covenant University, taking advantage of the government’s decision to encourage private individuals and organizations to own and run higher institutions of learning. He also own Landmark University and has plan to build world class worship centre called Faith theatre that will surpass the capacity of his current church auditorium. He established Covenant University in year 2002 and Landmark University Amu-Aran in 2011.
Net Worth: $150Million