Nigeria is the giant of Africa and, as such, has many rich men. When counting the richest men in Nigeria, aside from Dangote, Adenuga and Otedola other business tycoons and politicians, the pastors are not left behind. Let's check out the top 5 richest Nigerian pastors.
Some of these pastors own companies, schools and other valuables that generate millions for them.
Here are the top five richest pastors in Nigeria:
Bishop David Oyedepo - net worth $150 million
David O Oyedepo is the general overseer of Living Faith Outreach, aka Winner chapel. Born on September 27, 1954. Pastor David Oyedepo happens to be one of the richest Nigerian pastors. He isn't only a pastor; he is also a business mogul and an architect.
Ever since pastor Oyedepo 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 centre, with a seating capacity of 50,000
Pastor Oyedepo owns many properties, which makes him one of the richest pastors in Nigeria. Oyedepo owns four private jets and a home in London.
He equally has a Dominion Publishing House, which publishes all his books. Aside from the church's revenue and his pushing company, Bishop Oyedepo is the founder of Covenant university, one of the leading universities in Nigeria.
This reputable university is another great avenue in which he makes cool cash. He is also the founder of Faith Academy, an elite high school.
Pastor David Oyedepo, when talking about his wealth, revealed that God swore to make him rich because he donated a car for the preaching of the gospel.
In his words, he said: “I gave my car to God not to be rich but to spread the gospel, and God swore to make me rich.
“Now in one day we bought 87 buses at once, another day we bought 100 buses at once, we now buy buses like loaves of bread. Many of you will soon be building houses like loaves of bread."
Pastor David Oyedepo is considered the richest pastor in Nigeria, with a net worth of $150 million. H recently acquired a Gulfstream V jet valued at US$30m.
He now has a personal collection of 4 aircraft, including a Bombardier Challenger Aircraft and two Gulfstream planes. He owns a fleet of very luxurious cars, including Mercedes Benz and BMW.
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome - Networth: $50m
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome is the General Overseer of Believers lovers world which is popularly known as Christ Embassy. The church is said to have over 40,000 members across the continent.
Pastor Chris was born on December 7, 1963. Pastor Chris isn't just a pastor but also a businessman as he owns a Love world publication that publishes 'Rhapsody of Realities', a monthly devotional.
Pastor Chris always teaches on seed sowing as a basis for Christ blessings. He always encourages his members to sow seed as it paves the way for God's blessings. Members are encouraged to donate money or their valuables in the absence of money to attract God's blessings.
His ministry is also characterised by the ability to heal different kinds of diseases and illness.
Pastor Chris also has trained many gospels music stars. His ministry is a good nurturing ground for young gospel ministers. Some well-celebrated gospel ministers such as Sinach, Eben, and Frank Edward grew their career through Pastor Chris ministry.
Pastor Chris has a jet and numerous cars. With an estimated net worth of $50, he is one of the top 5 richest pastors in Nigeria.
Pastor E.A Adeboye - Networth $39m
Third on our list of top 5 richest Nigerian pastors is, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye. Pastor Adeboye born in 1942 at Ifewara Osun state, is the General overseer of Redeem Christian Church of God (RCCG).
Initially, Pastor Enoch Adeboye was only an interpreter in RCCG before he later assumed the office of a pastor and was made the general overseer in the year 1981.
As the General overseer of RCCG, he grew the church into a large congregation and now; the church can boast of 192 nations internationally, with more than 14,000 branches in Nigeria.
Pastor Adeboye once said that God revealed that he would build a church within five minutes distance from every home in the world. This he has ended up achieving as RCCG is all over the world.
Pastor Enoch Adeboye is the third richest pastor in Nigeria. Adeboye has many possessions in his name, which includes a $65 million G550 luxury jet. He drives a bulletproof Rolls-Royce Phantom ($400,000), Land Rover Discovery ($80,000) and a Mercedes-Benz Gelandewagen ($100,000).
Prophet T.B. Joshua - Networth: $25m
Prophet Temitope Babatunde Joshua was born on June 12 1963. He is the General overseer and the founder of Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN).
The SCON has grown from strength to strength as it has its branches in different countries of the world, including Ghana, South Africa, Israel, Greece, and the United Kingdom.
TB Joshua is well known for his miracle sessions of healing the sick. There have been testimonies of different kinds of diseases which disappeared during his ministration. Some reports have it that he as healed all kinds of diseases, including HIV/Aids, cancer, and other deadly diseases.
TB Joshua happens to be one of the richest pastors in Nigeria. He generates money through his YouTube, private TV Channel ( Emmanuel TV) and donations from his members worldwide.
He owns a $60 million private jet and a luxurious car fleet, including Range Rovers and Mercedes-Benzes. His net worth is $25m.
Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo - $20 million
Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo is one of the richest pastors in Nigeria. Pastor Kingsway is the senior pastor, Kingsway International Christian Centre.
His Networth is estimated at around $20m. His wealth is equally evident in his material possessions. He owns a private jet and different collections of cars. He also owns real estates all around Nigeria.
Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo was once involved in a fund embezzling allegation. He was accused of embezzling the church funds worth $200 000
According to reports, his bank account's data showed that he used the Churches credit cards to celebrate his birthday. The budget for his birthday party was over $120 000.
He has been in the midst of several financial controversies. He was equally accused of serious misconduct and mismanagement in the administration of the charity.
After the investigation, it was discovered that he was responsible for approving payments and benefits to himself and his wife, Yemisi, totalling more than £384,000. He and his family were said to have received benefits from the Charity.