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Cashing In On Church: The Richest Mega Pastors in America

Charles E Blake ($7.1+ Million)

Charles E Blake

Many people don’t believe that pastors can make much money. However, these pastors will show you that they can indeed make the big bucks! Learn about the huge net worths of the richest mega pastors in America right here.

Charles E. Blake is a California “bishop” who earned $900,000 per year and lives in a 10,000 square feet Beverly Hills mansion.
He earns his massive salary from the help of 20,000 weekly members to his church.

While he lives the good life, his average parishioner earns just $27,907 while living in poverty in South Central Los Angeles.

Bill Moyers ($1.4+ Million)

Bill Moyers ($1+ Million)<

Oklahoma native Bill Moyers started his career with a journalist internship with the United States Senate after completing a degree at the University of Texas.

Senator Lyndon B. Johnson developed a liking for the young man and helped to secure future work for Moyers as a TV editor. Moyers decided after several years to pursue his Master of Divinity and in 1959 he was ordained a Baptist minister.

He would later be appointed as the Associate Director of the Peace Corp and would service us the 13th White House Press Secretary under Johnson from 1965 to 1967.

He has given a handful of sermons since his early years in politics, but now the 81-year-old journalist is best recognized as a pioneer in freedom of the press and public broadcasting.

Richard Rossi ($1.4+ Million)

Richard Rossi ($1+ Million)<

Rossi was known as the rock and roll preacher after becoming a born-again Christian following a drug overdose.

Rossi started playing his music on The 700 Club while working on his biblical studies degree at Liberty University.

In 1984 he opened his first church ~ The Fellowship.

In 1994 his wife Sherri was found nearly dead on the side of the road. Rossi was named as the top suspect. His trial ended with a hung jury, although the damage to his reputation had already been completed.

Paul Cain ($1.5+ Million)

Paul Cain ($1+ Million)<

Paul Cain became one of the youngest ministers of the Voice of Healing Revival in Europe during the late 1940s. He was only 18-years-old when he stepped up on the pulpit.

In the late 1950s he did the unthinkable and disappeared from the public eye.

He resurfaced in 1987 while working as a consultant for the CIA. He was known to work closely alongside men like Bill Clinton and Saddam Hussein. His reputation took a turn for the worst because of his drunkenness and accusations of rampant homosexuality.

He returned to the pulpit in 2007 and continues to preach in Santa Marla, California. Before his return his rehabilitation was questioned by Rick Joyner, Jack Deere, and Mike Bickle.

Jimmy Swaggart ($1.5 Million)

Jimmy Swaggart ($1.5 Million)

This Pittsburgh born and raised pastor is the founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries. The church was established in 1970 and started as a college and seminary for students.

The faith-based organization was soon built into a nationally recognized program which hosts theological conferences throughout the year with renowned speakers from around the world.

Sproul founded the internationally broadcasted Sirius XM radio program Renewing Your Mind.

Unlike his contemporaries, he avoided TV and launched the Reformation Network (RefNet) in 2012, an online Christian radio station for reformed Christians.

N.T. Wright ($2.5 Million)


N.T. Wright ($2.5 Million)<

Wright retired from his position as Bishop in 2010, but not before amassing a $2.5 million fortune.

He is a popular New Testament scholar who traveled all over Great Britain after being ordained as a minister in 1975.

Wright wrote the popular series Christian Origins and the Question of God and For Everyone. He was consecrated in 2003 as the Bishop of Durham after spending five years as the Dean of Lichfield.

He continues to work today as a professor at St. Mary’s College in the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

Al Sharpton ($5 Million)


Al Sharpton ($5 Million)<

Civil rights activist Al Sharpton is one of the most polarizing and controversial pastors of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Sharpton was ordained as a Pentecostal minister at just nine years old. He spent his early years as James Brown’s tour manager and fighting for civil rights alongside Jesse Jackson.

Sharpton moved his focus back to the Baptist church in the late 1980s and became a Baptist minister in 1994.

Through hundreds of television and radio appearances he has earned just north of $5 million.

In 2014 reports circulated that Sharpton had “regularly sidestepped” his debts and owed millions in back taxes.

Joseph-Prince ($5 Million)


Joseph-Prince ($5 Million)<

Prince earns $550,000 per year in salary. This Singapore native is a Senior Pastor at one of Asia’s biggest churches, the New Creation Church.

The son of a Sikh priest, he has been associated with the church his entire life and has traveled extensively from Australia and Canada to Italy, Indonesia and the Netherlands, Prince helped establish the nondenominational NCC in 1984. Membership quickly swelled from 25 people to a mind-boggling 31,000.

The church takes in an annual income of $44.7 million and Prince’s religious program Destined to Reign, is broadcast in over 150 countries.

Jesse Jackson ($19 Million)


Jesse Jackson ($10 Million)<

Jesse Jackson is perhaps one of the most well-known and polarizing pastors and civil rights activists in recent times.

While he was first known as a politician, his activism shifted him further into the public spotlight as a religious leader.

Jackson accepted a football scholarship to the University of Illinois and eventually transferred to North Carolina A&T, where he became active in local civil rights campaigns.

He eventually enrolled in the Chicago Theological Seminary before dropping out three classes short of earning his master’s degree.

Jackson became an ordained Baptist minister in 1968 but continued his focus on politics with presidential runs in 1984 and 1988.

He was eventually given his own show on CNN called Both Sides of Jesse Jackson.

Jackson was awarded his Master of Divinity in 2000.

Kirk Cameron ($20 Million)


Kirk Cameron ($20 Million)<

Kirk Cameron was a famous 1980’s TV actor thanks to the success of the hit ABC sitcom Growing Pains, in which he played the character of Mike Seaver.

Since leaving the show he has become a radical Christian pastor who has produce such Christian TV shows and films like Listen To Me, Fireproof and the Left Behind series.

In the 1990s he decided to partner with New Zealand evangelist Ray Comfort. Cameron co-founded The Way of the Master ministry.

Cameron and Comfort host a TV show and radio program, they also run Camp Firefly, a free summer camp for terminally ill children and their families.

George Foreman ($250 Million)


George Foreman ($250 Million)<

While George Foreman is a pastor, almost all of his wealth was the result of a storied boxing career and royalties from the incredibly popular George Foreman Grill.

Foreman officially returned from boxing in 1997 at 48 years old. He is an ordained minister who found his faith after a near-death experience in 1977.

Foreman announced his faith as a born-again Christian and took a break from the ring to become an ordained minister.

Despite his massive fame, he spent several years preaching on street corners and at the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ in Houston.

During several appearances on The 700 Club, Foreman claims that devil finally got “knocked out” of him.

Bishop T.D Jakes (+ $20 million)


Bishop T.D Jakes (+ $20 million)<

This famous “bishop” hits our list with a net worth of $20 million. Bishop Jakes lives in a $1.7 million dollar mansion and has been featured on the cover of Time magazine.

Billy Graham joined the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955. Afterward, Graham befriended Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and invited him to join him during a 16 week Christian event held in New York City.

Benny Hinn(+ $42 million)


Benny Hinn(+ $42 million)<

With a net worth of $42 million is Israeli televangelist, Benny Hinn. Hinn is best know for his “healing” stunts, which are usually held in large stadiums throughout major cities.

Benny Hinn has his own television program called “This Is Your Day” that is broadcast worldwide.

Joel Osteen (+ $62 million)


Joel Osteen (+ $62 million)<

Everyone’s favourite mega pastor, Joel Osteen comes on our list with a net worth of $62 million. Osteen is an author, televangelist and pastor of the Lakewood Church in Houston,Texas. Lakewood Church is now broadcast in 100 different countries.

Joel Osteen took over his father’s role as a pastor, even though he had little formal religious training.

Billy Graham (+ $40 million)


Billy Graham (+ $40 million)<

Billy Graham, a Southern Baptist comes in at sixth on our list with a net worth of $40 million. Graham’s claim to fame came when his sermons started to get broadcasted on radio and television stations.

Billy Graham joined the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955. Afterward, Graham befriended Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and invited him to join him during a 16 week Christian event held in New York City.

Pat Robertson (+ $1.32 Billion)


Pat Robertson (+ $1.32 Billion)<

Pat Robertson, who created the Christian Broadcasting Network in Virginia, comes in second place with a net worth of $1.32 billion. The network he created is now broadcast in 180 different countries. Robertson even had an (unsuccessful) run for presidency.

Pat Robertson runs a number of organizations such as the Christian Coalition and a Christian rights organization that helps raise money for conservative political candidates.

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