Looking to know the richest pastors in Nigeria? You’re in the right place!
More often than not, the wealth and net worth of prominent individuals become the subject of public discussion. For some reason one may wish to know how rich these influential individuals really are, or who the richest is among them.
Interestingly, clergies and religious leaders are not left out of this discussion. Especially in Nigeria where there are quite some prominent and rich pastors. People tend to be at loggerheads when it comes to deciding who the richest pastor is.
Nigerian pastors are known all over the world as they have branches of their ministries spread abroad. Some of them are also very rich and a few have made the Forbes list of richest pastors in the world. Some prominent Nigerian pastors made the list which was topped by Brazilian Pastor and founder of the Universal Church of the kingdom of God, Edir Maxed, whose estimated worth is 1.1 billion US dollars.
Below are the top five richest pastors in Nigeria:
1. Pastor David Oyedepo ($190m)
Bishop David Oyedepo is a renowned pastor in Nigeria. An architect by profession, David Oyedepo is the presiding Bishop of the Living Faith Church Worldwide also known as Winners Chapel. The Church which has its headquarters in Sango Otta, Ogun State Nigeria, was founded in 1981 but has since crossed the shores of the continent, becoming one of the fastest growing Christian denominations in the World.
David Oyedepo is the richest pastor in Nigeria. He reportedly has a net worth around $190 million which also makes him one of the richest Pastors in the world. In 2011, He was rated as the richest pastor in the world by Forbes Magazine.
Bishop David Oyedepo is also the founder of Covenant University, Landmark University and Faith Academy. He also owns the Dominion Publishing House which publishes and markets all his books. An enthusiastic businessman, David Oyedepo also invests in real estate.
As the richest pastor in Nigeria, Bishop David Oyedepo reportedly owns about 4 private jets besides his range of cars. He has a private hangar which is located at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
2. Pastor Chris Oyakhilome ($125m)
Christ Embassy’s Pastor Chris Oyakhilome is the second richest pastor in Nigeria. He is one of the country’s most popular televangelists.
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome is the founder of Love World Incorporated, popularly referred to as Christ Embassy with more than 5 million followers across five continents. He is is worth over $120 million according to reports.
Chris Oyakhilome became popular during the early 2000s because of his healing school which has healed many people of several ailments over the years. He is one of the first pastors to run a television ministry in Nigeria.
As a motivational speaker, Pastor Chris has authored many inspirational books which includes the popular daily devotional -The Rhapsody of Realities which has sold millions of copies in the last decade. He also operates an online prayer network which sends prayer messages to followers all over the world.
Pastor Chris owns a private jet, and many cars including a mundane Range Rover and some SUVs. He has several real estate investments across Nigeria and South Africa. Pastor Chris is based in the United Kingdom
3. Pastor E. A Adeboye ($110m)
Popularly known as Daddy G.O, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye is the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG). He is the founder and President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministry (CRM). Pastor E.A Adeboye has an estimated net worth of $110 million which puts him third on the list of richest pastors in Nigeria.
Pastor Enoch Adeboye doesn’t live a luxurious lifestyle but he owns two Gulfstream private jets with which he travels around the world for ministerial purposes. one among many other Nigeria ministers that take the gospel both far and near, to various countries and continents.
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A former lecturer at the University of Lagos, Pastor Adeboye holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics. He is one of the most respected pastors in Nigeria being an influential figure on and off the shores of the country. Recognized as one of The World’s Fifty Most Powerful People by Newsweek Magazine
Pastor Adeboye’s garage is host to some top notch cars which includes a:
- Bulletproof Rolls-Royce Phantom
- Land Rover Discovery
- Mercedes-Benz Gelandewagen and more.
4. Pastor David Ibiyeome ($45m)
Pastor David Ibiyeome is the 4th richest pastor in Nigeria. He is the founder of Salvation Ministries – one of the fast growing churches in Nigeria. David Ibiyeome is a televangelist. Thus , he anchors the popular Christian television program known as “Hour Of Salvation With David Ibiyeomie”
The Salvation Ministries’ Hand of God Cathedral [built in 2020] in Port Harcourt is the largest auditorium in Africa and probably the whole world -with a sitting capacity of 120,000.
5. Pastor Ayodele Oritsejafor ($35m)
The founder and senior pastor of Word of Life Bible Church (WLBC) – a Pentecostal Christian megachurch located in Warri, Delta State, Nigeria – Papa Ayo Oritsejafor is the fifth richest pastor in Nigeria.
A former president of the Pentecostal fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Ayo Oritsejafor has a net worth of $35 million. He has investments in real estate, transportation, banking and media. Papa Ayo Oritsejafor owns a private jet among a fleet of cars.
The Word of Life Bible Church’s mega auditorium in Warri known as the International Gospel Center is one of the largest in the country, averaging about 30,000 attendees per week.
In 2010, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor became the first Pentecostal leader to be elected President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).
So there you have the top five richest pastors in Nigeria (Africa’s most populous country). Some decades ago when the Pentecostal revival raced through Nigeria, being a rich pastor would have been deemed as an abomination. In those days, riches and wealth seemed like a taboo to Nigerian Christians. Thus getting rich was not something associated with pastors of then.
However, things have changed in the last few decades, Nigerian Christians no longer have such beliefs. Instead, they have changed mindsets and thus can acquire wealth freely as long as it is through a legal means. Father Abraham who was very rich is an example to modern Christians. Moreover, Christians need money to be able to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.
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