David O. Oyedepo, affectionately called “Papa” by members of his church congregation (born September 27, 1954) is a Nigerian Christian author, preacher and the founder and presiding bishop of Living Faith Church World Wide, also known as Winners Chapel, and its affiliated international churches known as Winners Chapel International, with headquarters in Ogun State, Nigeria. He is also the senior pastor of Faith Tabernacle, a 50,000 seat church auditorium reputed to be the largest church auditorium in the world by the Guinness Book of Records.

Also, he owns Dominion Publishing House, a thriving publishing company that publishes all his books (which are often centered on prosperity). He founded and owns Covenant University, one of Nigeria’s leading tertiary institutions, and Faith Academy, an elite high school.

Oyedepo net worth is estimated by Forbes to be around $150 million.

Chris Oyakhilome

According to Wikipedia, Christian Oyakhilome is a Nigerian televangelist, faith healer and founding president of Believers’ LoveWorld Incorporated also known as “Christ Embassy”, a Pentecostal Christian ministry headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria. The Loveworld TV Network is the first Christian network to broadcast from Africa to the rest of the world on a 24 hour basis.

Estimated net worth: $10 million – $15 million

Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo

According to Wikipedia, Pastor Ashimolowo converted to Christianity from Islam at the age of 22 after the death of his father before enrolling with a Bible school. Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo is the Senior Pastor of Kingsway International Christian Center; the church started out in 1992 with 11 members but has grown to over 12,000 members. Pastor Matthew was he is fondly called is a dynamic and charismatic preacher having preached for over 27 years.

He is the founder and lead pastor of the Christ Embassy, a thriving congregation with branches in Nigeria, South Africa, London, Canada and the United States. His publishing company, Loveworld Publications, publishes ‘Rhapsody of Realities,’ a monthly devotional he co-authors with his wife. It sells over 2 million copies every month at $1 apiece. He also owns television stations, newspapers, magazines, a hotel, a fast-food chain, and more. Forbes estimated Ashimolowo’s net worth is at between $6-10 million and most of his wealth coming from sale of Christian literature and documentaries.

Estimated net worth: $6 million – $10 million

Temitope Joshua

Mfonobong Nsehe claims that Pastor T.B. Joshua is Nigeria’s most controversial clergyman is also one of its richest and most philanthropic. He heads the Synagogue Church of all Nations (SCOAN), a congregation he founded in 1987, which accommodates over 15,000 worshippers on Sundays. He is controversial for his inexplicable powers to heal all sorts of incurable diseases, including HIV/AIDS, cancer and paralysis. He is the perfect destination for miracle-craving worshippers. Currently his church has branches in Ghana, the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Greece. Most African will be familiar with this one – he owns Emmanuel TV, a Christian television network.

Estimated net worth: $10 million – $15 million

Chris Okotie

Pastor Okotie attended the University of Nigeria at Nsukka where he graduated with a degree in law. He, for a while, abandoned school choosing instead to pursue a highly successful career in pop music in the 80s. He later found the light, embraced the bible and set up the Household of God Church, one of Nigeria’s most flamboyant congregations. Most of his 5,000 member church consists predominantly of Nollywood celebrities, musicians, and society people. He unsuccessfully ran for President of Nigeria with Justice Party (JP).

Net worth: $3 million -$10 million


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