The Five Richest Pastors In Nigeria

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God is good, especially if you're a Nigerian pastor with some business savvy. These days, millions of souls, desperate for financial breakthroughs, miracles and healing, all rush to the church for redemption. And while the bible expressly states that salvation is free, at times it comes with a cost: offerings, tithes, gifts to spiritual leaders, and a directive to buy literature and other products created by men of God.


s are no longer solely interested in getting people to Heaven; they've devised intelligent ways to make good money while reaching out to souls.


Take Chris Oyakhilome, for example. He is the founder and lead pastor of the Christ Embassy, a thriving congregation with branches in Nigeria, South Africa, London, Canada and the United States. It sells over 2 million copies every month at $1 apiece. He also owns television stations, newspapers, magazines, a hotel, a fast food chain, and more.


Many other Nigerian pastors are similarly building multi million dollar empires from their churches. Today, pastors fly around in private jets, drive fancy cars like Daimlers, Porsches and BMWs, don Rolexes and Patek Phillipes, and own breathtaking mansions all over the world.


After the blog post I wrote in May about Nigerian pastors owning private jets, I was bombarded with emails from readers requesting to know the richest pastors in Nigeria. So I set out to investigate the assets of some of Nigeria's most prominent pastors, and I came up with conservative estimates of their fortunes. I contacted representatives for all of the pastors and all except Matthew Ashimolowo's representative confirmed ownership Bernie Parent Authentic Jersey of the assets I list. Representatives for Ashimolowo did not respond to my emails.


Affiliation: Living Faith World Outreach Ministry, aka Winners Chapel


Estimated net worth: $150 million


David Oyedepo is Nigeria's wealthiest preacher. Ever since he founded the Living Faith World Outreach Ministry in 1981, it has grown to become one of Africa's largest congregations. The Faith Tabernacle, where he hosts three services every Sunday, is Africa's largest worship center, with a seating capacity of 50,000. Oyedepo owns four private jets and homes in London and the United States. He also owns Dominion Publishing House, a thriving publishing company that publishes all his books (which are often centered on prosperity). He founded and owns Covenant University, one of Nigeria's leading tertiary institutions, and Faith Academy, an elite high school.


Estimated net worth: $30 million $50 million


Last year, the charismatic preacher was at the center of a $35 million money laundering case in which he was accused of siphoning funds from his church to foreign banks. Chris pleaded no wrongdoing and the case was eventually dismissed. His church, Christ Embassy, boasts more than 40,000 members, several of whom are successful business executives and politicians. Oyakhilome's diversified interests include newspapers, magazines, a local television station, a record label, satellite TV, hotels and extensive real estate. His Loveworld TV Network is the first Christian network to broadcast from Africa to the rest of the world on a 24 hour basis.


Its only God that can forgive u with all this nonsense u are writing. Who are u to judge them and lie on them. If you dont know what is happening pls just shut up. Oyedepo has never said the school is his own and he has never said the private jet is for him. It is for the ministry and other ppl use it. Every member knows the man does not collect salary as a pastor or money from the books he sells so stop saying rubbish. People love him and give him gifts because he has transformed lives. I can give him all i have today because he taught me almost everything. Its only poor people that complain about things like this and think ppl can not make money without stealing. The secret of Bishop Oyedepo riches is in Matthew 6 vs 33. God is fulfilling the covenant of prosperity upon his life and ministry because Bishop Oyedepo is committed to the things of God's kingdom. Please do not be deceived, God has made wealth available to everyone that is seeking His kingdom first. He has maximally invested in people's lives; both young and old, teaching people that care to know the ways of God. why wont God bless him?


It is really sad how Nigerians like to justify the extravagant lifestyle of pastors. I am a christian and belive 100% in the course of Christianity, in fact a Christain fanatic. I have seen a similar story on Sahara Reporters and was appalled by people's comments justifying it that they have worked for it. The poor congregation that drop their offerring, didnt they work for it? I also think its due to this opulent lifestyle that even breeds more corruption as our politicians steal money to come and give them which they collect without admonishing. Church is now competition and business. In the past, we knew missionaries to be philantrophic, and missionary schools to provide free education, but today, the schools of these churches are the most expensive, making it difficult for even their poor congregation to afford. Even if they do not want to make the fees moderate for reasons of keeping the school in a quality state, i have never heard of any scholarship programmes given to the poor intelligent students. What is Oyedepo doing with four jets? I can understand one, but 4, i dont. They critisize TB Joshua, but to me he is a practical Christan. In a country where many people live below the poverty line, these pastors drive with their Limo while they see poor beggers on the street. They do not give anything back to the society despite all that is given to them. Church is now serious business. offerings which are mandatory are given willingly by the congregation and is used for the congregation! For instance transportation was free throughout last year and this year and building churches in local or rural areas. As for the '4 jets'u do know that the Women's Bill Barber Jersey church has many branches all over the world right? and you should know they are headed by pastors who travel for missionary purposes? that is explanatory enough. all 'private schools' are expensive!! just so you know, CU is one of the cheapest! you knowyou shouldn't just assume. God bless you


It's safe to say by reading your comment at the time you made the comment you had not read the bible from cover to cover. God's people were not poor. Heck, when the Isrealites were brought out of slavery in Egypt they plundered the Egyptians. Read Exodus, I dare ya! Read the entire bible and save that Christian sappy story for your past. Jesus said the Kingdom of God is here. Heck, learn how many times christian was mentioned in the bible or born again. You will get an eye opener to say the least. Stop relying on pastors, priest, evangelist to teach you the word and start feeding yourself the word. You will meet God on an entire new level.


Ministers of the gospel are not supposed to use the church money to become rich. The tithes of the church are not for the pastor to spend on himself ( to be blunt). it's for the growth of the gospel, to feed the hungry, and help the poor. Let's be honest if every rich pastor helped a community living in poverty in Africa or else where the world will be a better place. Most of these guys live in self indulgence, it's all about me lifestyle. if your wealth was built from your own personal finances or from before you came to the ministry then i persume thats different. When Creftlo Dollar was asked about his church wealth. He said he was into the real estate industry before he became a pastor 'fair do'. Now regarding the charity commission churches in England and Wales, as someone stated above you are not allowed to benefit from it's finances. They are supposed to be non profitable. Any money that is realised from this has to be used within the church by employing members, or helping the community, or it's no more a charity organisation, and henceforth has to be registered as a personal business ltd. Finally if we look at the life of Christ it springs a far cry from the way many of today's ministers live.


I see absolutely nothing wrong with pastors being wealthy, it is their God given right just like any human being on earth. The church is an industry, it is a business. Some of you make Christianity appear so unattractive a religion to belong to, being a Christian does not mean dining yourself the good things in life. As you rightly said, the pastors ride in limos and maybe jets whiles there are poor people on the streets begging and stuff like that. Well, all of us can not get a million dollars does not mean no one should get it. Bill Gates lives in America but there are and will always be poor people there. The pastors work for their money, let them enjoy it. Building schools, hospitals, clinics, operating an airline, publishing books provide jobs to thousands, that is service to humanity and God. If the missionary schools were to provide free education, will you provide them money to pay the teachers?


that guy is not a winner. u cant judge a book by the cover. besides men of God are doing Gods business, and u dont expect God to owe his workers or not pay them well. if u work very well, u get good rewards that simple. pastors with much converts gets good result. talking about the poor, even Christ talked about it in John 12 when mary poured expensive oil on his feet. he commented to Judas wen he lamented, that we have the poor around us always. better start from where u are to help the poor, before u stmble while looking at my papa Oyedepo who has strained for more than 30years answering the call of God. if u are angry u better blame God for blessing him, because the jests are 4 now but in few years, his getting more, cos there is no diminishing return in Gods blessings. besides, there are many jests for u to purchase if u want. please try not to speak ill of a man of God or compare him. do ur work and God will bless u. they are on their path. locate urs. dont forget SHILOH is comoing soon, u better come and get exceeding grace to buy ur own jet


I had been wondering at the loud silence of the essay on Adeboye before I read your response to 'Dianeawunah'. If " Adeboye does not exactly own the church just the General Overseer desn't own the assets of the church or any other vast estate", who are the trustees? The sincerity of this claim will be bared for the world at the 's passing as all Nigerian "men of God", especially of the Pentecostal stripes, prey on their followers who looking for solutions to their problems, real, imagined or willed turned to these people for spiritual help. Of course the pastors are more than willing to oblige for donations and contributions which the church members cannot often afford. Nigerian Pentecostal churches do not generally contribute to society but many of their leaders choose to court political leaders who, in Nigeria are enemies of their own people. Only a man who knows ABSOLUTELY nothing about what God have said in his word, can come up with such a write up. The wealth of the Church is clearly stated in the Bible.


It is a covenant thing. If anybody is saying now that s are rich or wealthy, that person should wait. This is Just the beginning. Because it happened in Bible days too. The Bible says: "Isaac became so rich that the whole nation of Philistine envied him. Gone are those days when the Church is expected to be very poor. Now, the God of heaven and earth is turning that tide around. It is GOD'S end time agenda to make the Church attractive. It has nothing to do with Nigerian s. Creflo Dollar, Dr. If anybody have a problem with the wealth of the Church as it is today in Nigeria, that person might as well be ready to question God. And you know what it is when men decide to question their maker. The churches in the US face real huge taxes and clearly identify themselves as businesses as much as ministry. My stance is this for as long as these ministries are committed to community services, ensure that the poorest in the household of God benefit from the quality education and are their kids are cared for then is fine. I know loads of members of the living faith whose kids cant afford any of those universities and they are still true to the faith. Politics,wealth and faith are 3 things that any clergy should handle with care, least he is tempted


Men of God are allowed to be entrepreneurial, and innovative,and take the Word of God to the same level as every other information is heading.


Tithes and offerings are also requested in the bible. Malachi 3 tells us it is our duty to take care of the House of God and give him what is due. Many of the people in these churches are also rich themselves so they may have a big tithe to give, but it is their duty to give.


What makes the most difference however, is what the man of God is doing with all this financial blessings. If they have charities and organizations set up that are helping the people at the bottom of the financial ladder, that is how their real wealth and success should be measured. He could be worth a billion dollars but not spend a cent on himself. But he could be given cars or great gifts from congregation members who are in so much appreciation of what God has done in their lives and express it through blessing the pastor.


All in all, it still holds that most Christian organizations should be social enterprises organizations run as a for profit but use the profits to benefit and save lives.


don't mind them jare! what is 150 Million to God and what is 150. What is a car, and what is private Jet. We are advised to be like Christ in our spirit, so i guess we should all walk around wearing Jewish clothing since we are to be like Christ,


I was always suspicious of Nigerian churches i had this mentality that they are all thieves until i repented to Christ on my bed, no one preached to me. And i said i will do personal worship of God. No need to go to a church. Push came to shove i went to church and I discovered that prosperity was far from it.


For three month is have been at Oyedepo's church and all that has been coming is vengeance, and soul winning.

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