Top 10 Richest Pastors in Nigeria, Their Net Worth And Church. In this article, we take a look at the top 10 richest pastors in Nigeria and their net worth.
Richest Pastors in Nigeria – A pastor is the leader of a Christian congregation who also gives advice and counsel to people from the community or congregation. The word “Pastor” is derived from Latin and can be translated as a shepherd. The biblical understanding of the word pastor can be translated as the minister. In today’s world, pastors are middlemen between God and men.
These days, pastors are doing so well for themselves and a lot of people are actually being encouraged to become pastors themselves — if only to enjoy the luxury and comfort that being a pastor brings.
A major contributor to the exponentially increasing wealth of Nigerian Pastors is that churches do pay taxes. So, whatever income the church makes stays in the church, where the founder or General Overseer then decides how the money would be put to use. Many Nigerian Pastors would make many businessmen or civil servants green with envy with their impressive assets and fat bank accounts.
Top 10 Richest Pastors in Nigeria, Their Net Worth & Church
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10. Lazarus Muoka (Networth: $3m ~ ₦1.1b)
Lazarus Muoka is a Nigerian author, pastor, and minister. He leads the Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Revival Movement, popularly known as “Chosen”.
Born in Imo state and was raised in a Catholic family, Lazarus Muoka has grown to become a great influence in Nigeria. He mentioned that he had been having dreams about God since 1994. His ministry is characterized by lots of miracles, healings, and deliverances. Chosen is among the most popular churches and make him one of the richest pastors in Nigeria.
Information about his cars, houses, and other investments are scarce because Pastor Lazarus leads a quite conservative lifestyle.
9. Bishop Mike Okonkwo (Networth: $3m ~₦1.1b)
Bishop Mike Okonkwo, a former banker and founder of The Redeemed Evangelic Mission (TREM), was born in 1945. He began his career at Nigerian Ports Authority in 1964 and switched to African Continental Bank for the next two years. He served in the United Church of Christ up until 1980 before he founded The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM) in 1981. Bishop Mike Okonkwo at the moment was one of the richest pastors in Nigeria.
The main source of income of Mike Okonkwo comes from millions of naira of tithe his church gets monthly.
Bishop Mike Okonkwo owns 2 private jets, a ₦2 billion estate and house of worship in Abuja with an estimated revenue of above ₦2.5 billion annually. He maintains choice houses in the USA, London, and South Africa.
8. Bishop Ayodele Oritsejafor (Networth: $3m ~ ₦1.1b)
Bishop Ayo Oritsejafor founded the Word of Life Bible Church in Warri, Nigeria after his encounter with Jesus. He was born into a family who worships Lord Jesus. When asked why he decided to become a servant of God, Ayo Oritsejafor often tells that story of his mother who desperately wanted a son has promised a son to God if she is blessed with a son.
At the beginning of 2019, Ayodele Oritsejafor has caught and filmed while asking his members to pay N1.8 not to miss God, suggesting that people who don’t pay tithe are not going to see God after they leave the life.
He owns ₦1.1b net worth, real estate, a $3.5 million Bombardier Challenger 601 private jet, and a fleet of luxurious cars including a limousine.
7. Pastor Gbenga Oso (Networth: $3.5m ~ ₦1.3b)
Pastor Gbenga Oso started off his ministry with the Gospel Faith Mission International before founding his own church, the Laughter Foundation Church.
Popularly referred to as the father of one million babies, Gbenga Oso claims that he has helped one million of couples to conceive babies by his miracles. Modern medicine fails? See Pastor Gbenga Oso!
It was however, discovered that the couples who give testimonies of their fruit of womb are nothing but blatant liars who are paid N10,000 to come in front of the television camera and lure gullible women to his church. He also invites couples with new babies to his church and uses their images as miracle babies that God blessed in his church.
With the net worth estimated at $3.5m, Gbenga Oso becomes one of the richest pastors in Nigeria.
6. Pastor Chris Okotie (Networth: $12m ~ ₦4.3b)
Chris Okotie began his career path as a popular pop singer in the 1980’s. However, he deicded that he should dedicate himself to God and founded the Household of God Church International after he got born again and became widely known as Pastor Chris Okotie.
Chris Okotie is now one of the richest pastors in Nigeria thanks to the money his followers donate to him. He makes millions from selling books the Last Outcast to his members. Now he holds a net worth of ₦4.3b. Neither singing career nor business that he tried before could earn him such money.
Chris Okotie is a lover of automobiles. His garage is littered with all kinds of luxurious cars that money can buy. His cars include Hummers, Range Rover limousine, Range Rover sports, BMW X Series, Mercedes Benz and the N80 million Rolls Royce Phantom he gifted himself for the 30th birthday.
5. Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo (Networth: $20m ~ ₦7.2b)
Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo is the Lead Pastor of the Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC). Pastor Mathew Ashimolowo became a Christian convert at age 20 after he had been a practicing Muslim from birth. 25 years after he launched the church, it now has £16.4m (N7.26 billion) in assets, and rakes in more than £8m (N3.5 billion) in revenue a year.
Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo has once got into a financial scandal where he was ordered to return £200,000 to the Kingsway International Christian Centre. His bank account transaction history has shown that the whopping expense of over £120,000 (N53 million) for his birthday celebration was paid by the Church’s credit card.
Pastor Mathew Ashimolowo’s wealth speaks of a private jet, a cool fleet of automobiles, and investments in real estate. In his automobile collection, there are Porsche Cayenne, Range Rover Vogue Sport, a bulletproof Hummer Jeep, a Mercedes (N35.4 million), and many other glamorous cars. In response to the accusation that the most men of God corner tithes from their congregations for a private luxurious living while abandoning the poor in poverty, he claimes he has given out 37 cars as part of his philanthropic activities.
4. Prophet Temitope Babatunde Joshua (Networth: $25m ~ ₦9b)
T.B Joshua, the founder of Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), was born on June 12, 1963. Founded back in 1987, the church has grown in its operations into several countries of the world including Ghana, South Africa, Israel, Greece, and the United Kingdom. T.B Joshua owns million-follower Youtube channel and one of the most influential Christian TV channels in Africa – Emmanuel TV.
T.B Joshua’s ministry is characterized by testimonies of healings of all sorts including HIV/AIDS, cancer, and paralysis broadcasted on Emmanuel TV. and T.B.Joshua’s Youtube channel.
Ad revenues from Youtube, private TV channel as well as a donation from his followers earn him a net worth of ₦9 billion. He owns a $60 million private jet and a fleet of luxurious cars including Range Rovers and Mercedes-Benzes.
3. Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye (Networth: $39m ~ ₦14.1b)
Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye was born in Ifewara, Osun State in the year 1942. He assumed the office of a General Overseer in 1981 and grew the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) into a large congregation worldwide. The church now has branches in 192 nations internationally with more than 14,000 branches in Nigeria. Pastor Enoch Adeboje once take the media by storm with his statement which claim he will build a church in a five-minute distance from every home in the world!
Being the 3rd richest pastor in Nigeria, Pastor Enoch Adeboye is the proud owner of 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).
2. Pastor Chris Oyakhilome (Networth: $50m ~ ₦18b)
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome was born on December 7, 1963. He is the founder of Love World Incorporated, popularly referred to as Christ Embassy with more than 40,000 members across five continents.
He founded Love World as a university student. The key part of Oyakhilome’s praying style is each of his followers should contribute some of his earnings to the church, which he calls “Sowing the seed”. If people don’t have much money, they are encouraged to donate their valuable possessions instead, such as jewelry, watches, mobile phones, vehicles and so on! To get more “seeds”, the church approached hundreds of young businesses and solicited them to join his adepts. “Seed sowing” alone gets Pastor Oyakhilome millions of naira monthly.
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome owns a private jet, widespread real estate across Nigeria, and about 30 SUVs which includes a powerful Range Rover.
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1. Bishop David Oyedepo is the Richest Pastor in Nigeria with Networth of $150m ~ ₦54b
David .O. Oyedepo who was born on September 27, 1954, is a Nigerian pastor, author, business mogul, architect, and founder of the megachurch, Faith Tabernacle, or Winners of Chapel located in Otta, Ogun State, Nigeria.
His network of churches has spread to over 300 cities in Nigeria, 45 African nations, Dubai, the United States of America, and the United Kingdom. The Faith Tabernacle, with a seating capacity of 50,000 is one of Africa’s largest worship centers. He is the owner of Dominion Publishing House, a flourishing publisher that prints his books.
Bishop David Oyedepo owns four private jets and homes in London and the United States
Talking about his wealth, David Oyedepo disclosed that God swore to make him rich because he had donated a car for the propagation of the gospel:
“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.”
Owning ₦54b net worth, David Oyedepo is the wealthiest preacher in Nigeria. He recently acquired a Gulfstream V jet valued at US$30m. He now has a personal collection of 4 aircraft which includes a Bombardier Challenger Aircraft and two Gulfstream planes. He owns a fleet of very luxurious cars including Mercedes Benz and BMW.
Summary: 10 Richest Pastors in Nigeria And Their Net Worth
Do you know pastors are among the top naira earners in Nigeria, besides politicians, artists, and businessmen? if you still doubt it, let’s take a look at the official list of the richest pastors in Nigeria and their net worths:
|List of richest pastors in Nigeria (2023) and their net worths|
|1||Bishop David Oyedepo||$150m ~ ₦54b|
|2||Pastor Chris Oyakhilome||$50m ~ ₦18b|
|3||Pastor Enoch Adejare||$39m ~ ₦14.1b|
|4||Prophet Temitope Babatunde Joshua||$25m ~ ₦9b|
|5||Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo||$20m ~ ₦7.2b|
|6||Pastor Chris Okotie||$12m ~ ₦4.3b|
|7||Pastor Gbenga Oso||$3.5m ~ ₦1.3b|
|8||Bishop Ayodele Oritsejafor||$3m ~ ₦1.1b|
|9||Bishop Mike Okonkwo||$3m ~₦1.1b|
|10||Lazarus Muoka||$3m ~ ₦1.1b|
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