Have you visited “City of David” in Victoria Island? The redeemed Christian Church of God parish is one of the most fabulous and extravagant buildings in the city of Lagos. Pastor Adeboye is the General Overseer for the church and is one of the richest pastors in Lagos. He recently declared that he is now richer than Bill Gates; widely acknowledged as the richest man in the world.
According to Pastor Adeboye “I have houses in at least 188 countries in the world, where we have our churches, so I am richer than Bill Gates”.
Clearly, the common saying, ‘as poor as a church rat’ is fast losing its proverbial essence, given the assets churches and their pastors parade today. Religion can be a very profitable profession to enter for some people.
Pastors are more likely to make money today because they utilize more money-making opportunities such as writing books, producing movies and speaking engagements. Some pastors make enough money to own private planes, refurbish large arenas as churches, and operate flourishing press houses.
But pastors shouldn’t be making this much money some may say. This article is not about bashing pastors. Rather, the article is written to inspire bigger dreams. You may not be interested in making money. That is a choice.
Ultimately, pastors are people who inspire others while achieving their dreams. This simple truth cannot be controverted. Judge not lest ye be judged.
Here is a list of the top five richest pastors in Lagos.
1. Bishop David Oyedepo
Bishop Oyedepo operates two private jets and dozens of expensive cars. He is the founder and general overseer of Living Faith World Outreach aka Winners Chapel. Bishop Oyedepo is one of the richest pastors in the world with a net worth of over $150 million.
2. Chris Oyakhilome
Not far off, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome is said to worth over $30 million. Pastor Chis Oyakhilome is the founder of Christ Embassy.
3. Pastor Enoch Adeboye
Enter Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God. His personal net worth is estimated at over N48 million. Pastor Adeboye is arguably the most popular pentecostal pastor in Nigeria.
4. Prophet Temitope Babatunde Joshua
Meanwhile, Fifty-one year old Prophet T. B Joshua is the founder of Synagogue Church of All Nation (SCOAN) and owner of Emmanuel TV. He is said to be worth over $15 Million. He is also a most controversial pastor but with a huge following within and outside the country.
5. Mathew Ashimolowo
Pastor Ashimolowo is said to have huge investments outside the ministry in real estate and the media. His net worth is about $40 million dollars and he is said to earn about $2,000,000 annually. Pastor Ashimolowo is the Founder and General overseer of Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC).
Edited By ODIRA ONYENSO