Do you know what God thinks of money? Just take a look at men whom he blesses the most - pastors - and you'll have the answer. They are extremely wealthy, most have private jets and can afford all kinds of luxuries. Today Naijauto brings you the list of 10 richest pastors in Nigeria, together with net worths, houses, cars, and all the extravagant belongings.
10 richest pastors in Nigeria - How they earned their money & what kind of cars they drive?
Now how do you think pastors make such fortune? Church's salary? Yes, but it is just the tip of an iceberg. All the pastors have different sources of income that make them billionaires quickly. Let's check it out, from the "poorest"!
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. Despite all the accusations and evidence about his deceiful tricks, Lazarus Muoka denies them all. Chosen is among the most popular churches and make him one of the richest pastors in Nigeria.
Members of the Lord's Chosen Charismatic Renewal Movement are known to employ captivating techniques in their evangelism
Information about his cars, houses, and other investments are scarce because Pastor Lazarus leads a quite conservative lifestyle. However, we have laid hands on photos of landcrafts which the Lord's Chosen Charismatic Revival Movement uses in their evangelical missions.
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. He once confessed he used threat of curses to force his member to pay tithe:
“I have frightened the church with curses for not paying tithes and that was because I didn’t know any better."
“You know we conjure all kinds of semantics like, ‘If you don’t pay your tithe, your life will be tight,’ and the people pay out of fear without God’s blessing."
Bishop Mike Okonkwo's owns 2 private jets
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.
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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.
"Tithe my church N1.8m so you won't miss God" - Bishop Ayodele Oritsejafor
His "Group of Young Men" - the terrorist organization operating as part of his church activities is the main source of the criticism against him. According to The Global Terrorism Index, the terrorist group has taken 6,644 innocent lives - more than any other terrorist group in the world in 2014.
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.
Bishop Ayodele Oritsejafor is the senior pastor and founder of Word of Life Bible Church
Amongst Bishop Ayodele Oritsejafor fleet of exotic cars is a limousine
Bishop Ayodele Oritsejafor Bombardier Challenger 601 private jet costs $3.5 million
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!
Estimated at $3.5m, however, Pastor Gbenga Oso keeps his properties in secret
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.
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.
Pastor Chris Okotie was a very popular pop singer in the 80s before becoming a pastor
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. You can see the whole car collection of Pastor Chris Okotie here.
Amongst Pastor Chris Okotie's fleet of cars are the Range Rover, Mercedes-Benz, and Rolls-Royce
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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.
In Pastor Mathew Ashimolowo's fleet, there are Porsche Cayeen, Range Rover Vogue Sport, a bulletproof Hummer Jeep, and many other exotic cars
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.
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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. However, counter arguments have it that the footages were not provided by any official body, and there was indeed no professional healthcare practitioner attended his paying rituals.
Prophet T.+B Joshua owns a $60 million private jet and a fleet of luxurious cars
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.
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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!
"Don't ever marry a woman outside my church" - Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye
Despite the popularity of his network of churches, pastor Enoch is criticized for failed prophecies. He also sparked off great controversies when advising his adepts against marrying women who are not from the church and who can't cook!
Pastor Enoch Adejare - one of the most famous pastors in Nigeria's history
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). You can see Enoch Adeboye's car collection here!
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.
His asset is not only on land but in the sky as well
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.
He is also known for the ability to heal different kinds of diseases and illnesses. A member in South African has publicly accused Oyakhilome of hiring him to pretend to be disabled and healed by the preacher during his television show.
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome owns a private jet, widespread real estate across Nigeria, and about 30 SUVs which includes a powerful Range Rover.
Pastor Chris as he is popularly called owns about 30 SUVs which includes a powerful Range Rover
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome's White House in Lagos costs 1 billion naira
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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.
David Oyedepo is arguably the biggest player among the Nigerian pastors
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.
Recap: 10 richest pastors in Nigeria 2020 by 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 (2020) 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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