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Charles E. Blake is a California bishop who reportedly earns $900,000 per year and lives in a mansion. He earns his massive salary from the help of 25,000 members who attend his church, and 50,000 online weekly participants.
 
William Franklin Graham III is the son of the famous pastor Billy Graham, and the president of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse. His vast wealth is estimated in the millions.
 
In 1959 Moyers was ordained a Baptist minister. He has made at least $20,000,000 from public broadcasting — taxpayer money! He refuses to officially disclose his income and his net worth is not known.
 
Paul Cain was only 18 years old when he stepped up onto the pulpit. After settling some controversies, he now preaches in Santa Maria, California. One public estimate puts Cain’s personal net worth near $1 million.
 
Jimmy Swaggart One of the most popular pastors of all time, Swaggart was ordained in the 1950s. He launched a radio network and a weekly TV telecast. Swaggart’s ministry allegedly made over $150 million a year in the 1980s.
 
Joel Osteen, comes in pretty high on our list with a personal net worth of $40 million. Osteen is an author, televangelist and pastor of the Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. In August of 2017 he came under fire when he refused to help local victims of Hurricane Harvey.
Starting work as a minister in Virginia when he was just 14, Stanley eventually started In Touch Ministries, which led to a syndicated radio broadcast. His ministries earned about $73,000,000 a year when surveyed nine years ago.
 
Janice Crouch was the daughter of a Georgia pastor. She and her husband helped establish the Trinity Broadcasting Network. Crouch died in 2016, with an estimated fortune of $50 million.
 
R.C. Sproul is the founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries. He launched the Reformation Network (RefNet), an online radio station for reformed Christians, in 2012. One conservative estimate puts Sproul’s personal net worth at $2 million.
 
N.T. Wright retired from his position as Bishop in 2010, but not before amassing a $2.5 million fortune. He’s a popular British New Testament scholar who traveled Great Britain extensively after being ordained in 1975.
 
Jack Van Impe began his career as an evangelist on the Billy Graham Crusades. He and his wife started Jack Van Impe Ministries. Reports estimate the ministry earns $2.5 million each year.
 
Clifton Davis was ordained in 1987. He hosts Gospel Superfest and makes other appearances on the Trinity Broadcasting Network. Many people would recognize him from the TV drama Madam Secretary. Davis is said to be worth $3 million.
 
Tony Campolo, the former spiritual adviser to President Bill Clinton, is an ordained Baptist minister and evangelist who is closely tied to the Democratic Party. Some have estimated Campolo’s net worth to be around $4 million.
 
Reinhard Bonnke is known for his missions across Africa for the past 50 years. The Pentecostal evangelist found success with his autobiography, Living a Life of Fire, which helped increase his personal net worth to an estimated $4 million.
 
John MacArthur was ordained in the 1960s as a Christian evangelical preacher. As his popularity grew he launched a daily radio broadcast, Grace to You, in 1977. MacArthur’s net worth has been reported at $12,485,467.
 
Kay Arthur turned to faith after a difficult time in her life. She and her husband founded Precept Ministries International. Arthur has published more than 100 books and Bible studies, and she is reportedly worth $5 million.
 
Civil rights activist Al Sharpton is one of the most controversial pastors of our time. He became a Baptist minister in 1994. Through hundreds of television and radio appearances he has earned around $5 million.
 
Joseph Prince is a Senior Pastor at one of Asia’s biggest churches, the New Creation Church. Prince has a television program and has authored books, CDs and DVDs. The church has an annual income of $44.7 million.
 
Nigerian televangelist Chris Okotie is the pastor of the Household of God Church (HGC) International Ministries, which he established. He has published 17 books and various articles. He’s said to have a net worth of $7.5 million.
 
Ravi Zacharias became a Christian at 17, after attempting suicide. While recovering, he was given a Bible that changed his life. He is now heard worldwide on his radio programs. Zacharias’ personal net worth is estimated at $7.5 million.
 
In the 1970s, Peter Popoff moved into television ministry where his energetic messages were broadcast countryside. He became famous as a faith healer but his methods were later questioned. He’s said to be worth $10 million.
 
Jesse Jackson is a polarizing pastor and civil rights activist. While he was first known as a politician, his activism shifted him further into the public spotlight. He allegedly has a net worth of $10 million.
 
Matthew Ashimolowo. With an estimated personal net worth of $6- $10 million, Matthew Ashimolowo makes the list of top richest 15 pastors. He leads the largest church in the UK and is the Senior Pastor of Kingsway International Christian Centre.
 
Ed Young Jr. For a short period Young worked at his father’s church. He was later hired as the Sr. Pastor of Fellowship Church, and his ministry soon gained 5,000+ attendees. He now has a net worth of $11,000,000.
 
Ernest Angley became a Christian in 1939, at the age of 18. He eventually collected enough money to purchase the Grace Cathedral and also bought a TV station. Now, unconfirmed reports list Angley’s personal net worth at $15 million.
 
Cindy Trimm. This Bermuda-born pastor started with a career in politics, but she realized that she could accomplish more in the ministry. Trimm is currently pastor for Florida’s Embassy Worship Center, and is rumored to be worth $15 million.
 
T. B Hoshua. Another Nigerian evangelist with some incredible wealth $15 million, Joshua founded the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) and rose to popularity by claiming to be a miracle worker.
 
John Danforth started his career in politics. At the age of 79 he retired from politics and spent the majority of his time as an ordained Episcopal priest. His net worth is estimated at $30 million.
 
Pastor Tshifhiwa Irene is a South African pastor for the Divine Truth World Restoration Services for World Peace by Jesus Christ. She is also a televangelist, and is said to have a personal net worth of approximately $35 million.
 
Prophet Uebert Angel. Focusing on the less-privileged and widows has been very profitable for Uebert Angel. He is a self-proclaimed prophet who runs the mega church Spirit Embassy. Angel insists that his personal net worth is $60 million.
 
Robert Tilton found much of his early success on a religious program called “Success-N-Life.” The show eventually brought in $80 million in annual revenue, and he’s said to be worth $50 million now.
 
Chris Oyakhilome. “Pastor Chris” is a Nigerian minister and the founder of Believers’ Loveworld Incorporated. He identifies as a faith healer, and has more than 1.2 million followers on Twitter. His personal net worth is a reported $50 million.
 
David Oyedepo. Oyedepo, the richest pastor in Nigeria, had a vision in 1981 where God called him to preach. He founded the Living Faith Church World Wide and his personal net worth is estimated at $150 million.
 
Edir Macedo. A $1.1 billion pastor? Macedo is a Brazilian evangelical leader and media mogul who founded the Pentecostal Universal Church of the Kingdom of God in the 1970s. The church receives $2 billion in donations annually.
 
Kenneth Copeland is one of the leaders of the Charismatic Movement and is known for promoting a controversial preaching style called “prosperity gospel.” He’s one of the highest-paid mega pastors, with a rumored net worth of $760 million. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Copeland vowed to establish humanitarian-relief ministry called Angel Flight 44. But according to a source familiar with the situation, Rev. Rich Vermillion, the ministry was never formed. During the 2016 presidential election, Copeland raised eyebrows with a television appearance in which he warned Christians that they’d go to hell if they didn’t vote for Donald Trump: “You’re going to be guilty of murder.”
 
Pat Robertson, a successful businessman and former Southern Baptist minister, created the Christian Broadcasting Network in Virginia. Estimates of his personal wealth vary from $200 million to over $1 billion. His network is broadcast in 180 different countries.
Coming in with a rumored personal net worth of $42 million is the Israeli televangelist Benny Hinn. He is best known for his healing summits, called “Miracle Crusades,” which are usually held in large stadiums throughout major cities.
 
Billy Graham has served as spiritual adviser to many presidents, and he has appeared on Gallup’s list of most admired people 55 times. Graham’s estimated net worth is in the vicinity of $25 million.
 
Rick Warren only lives on ten percent of his income and donates the rest to charity, as his net worth is rumored at $25 million. Warren founded Saddleback Church – the eighth largest in the country.
 
Bishop Thomas Dexter “T. D.” Jakes, Sr. lives in a $1.7 million dollar mansion and has been featured on the cover of Time magazine. According to some sources, Jakes has a personal net worth of $150 million.
 
Famous gospel singer, Pentecostal televangelist, author and actress Juanita Bynum appears regularly on the Trinity Broadcasting Network. She is also the CEO of Juanita Bynum Enterprises. Her unconfirmed net worth is $10 million.
 
Mega pastor and author Joyce Meyer has been ranked among the most influential Evangelicals in America by Time magazine. Meyer became a born-again Christian after suffering childhood abuse. Meyer said to be worth a staggering $25 million.
 
Reverend Hagee is the CEO of John Hagee Ministries, a Christian multi-media empire that broadcasts to 150 million households worldwide. He’s published many book titles and has an estimated personal fortune of $5 million.
 
After becoming a Christian in the mid-1980s, Paula White went on to launch her own church. Today, she is Senior Pastor of New Destiny Christian Center near Orlando. Estimates put her total net worth at $5 million.
 
The late Bishop Eddie Long was the senior pastor of New Missionary Baptist Church in Georgia. Church membership grew from just 300 to 25,000 under his leadership. He amassed a personal fortune of $3 million.
 
Bishop Noel Jones serves as senior pastor of the City of Refuge Church, located in California. His current church has about 17,000 active members, and his net worth is estimated around $5 million.
 
Creflo Dollar is the founder of the World Changers Church International in Atlanta, Georgia. He’s said to have a net worth of $27 million. Reverend Dollar’s secrecy over his financial affairs nearly cost him jail time.
 

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Quite a few of them. You left out  Benny Hinn and Paula White.

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On 11/11/2017 at 6:37 PM, missmuffet said:

Quite a few of them. You left out  Benny Hinn and Paula White.

Paula is fourth from the bottom at $5 mil.  Hinn is $42 mil and located between Pat Robertson and Billy Graham.

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1 hour ago, Willa said:

Paula is fourth from the bottom at $5 mil.  Hinn is $42 mil and located between Pat Robertson and Billy Graham.

I just have a problem of putting Billy Graham with those others as far as greed and false doctrine.

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6 minutes ago, missmuffet said:

I just have a problem of putting Billy Graham with those others as far as greed and false doctrine.

He was exposed as a fraud before 1950.  Never repented of it.

His son also, in the last 20 years.   With a little searching,  you can find out specifically , but it's not really worth it for most people - they're not ready to believe what happened, so they never believe the truth ; rather they reject it and remain deceived about them.

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