In recent times, most men of God, pastors who run churches all over Africa have become so rich that the term “pastorpreneur” has been used to describe them. As it stands, these preachers of the gospel are among the richest people on the continent.
These popular men who preach the teachings of Jesus Christ, most of them genuine and most of them questionable or controversial have over the passing of time constructed mega church edifices and developed their ministries to such a height that when talking about their net worth, they run into several million dollars.
These super wealthy pastors own many valuable properties such as multi-million dollar mansions, private jets, universities and very fat bank accounts that can make any jaw drop and assets which are scattered home and abroad.
In this article, we take a look at 10 of the richest African pastors this 2023. It will interest you to note that some of these super rich pastors are from the most populous black nation on earth, Nigeria.
Top 10 Richest Pastors in Africa & Their Net Worth
1. Bishop David Oyedepo -Net Worth $150 million
David Oyedepo is the founder and presiding bishop of Living Faith Church Worldwide, also known as Winners Chapel. A church which he founded in 1983 and has since gone on to attain the level of mega church with presence in 65 countries of the world.
He tops this list as the richest pastor in Africa according to Forbes Magazine (2011) with a net worth of $150 million. Apart from being a pastor and a minister of the gospel, he is also an architect, an educationist and a seasoned author of several best selling religious books in Nigeria.
David Oyedepo is also the owner and chancellor of two of Nigeria’s leading private universities namely Covenant University and Landmark University. He owns an expensive private jet as well. In Nigeria, his ministry has spread all over the country, spanning 350 locations nationwide.
2. Prophet Shepherd Bushiri – Net Worth $150 million
Prophet Shepherd Bushiri is from Malawi in Southern Africa. He was born in 1983 and currently resides in South Africa. Like Bishop David Oyedepo, Prophet Shepherd Bushiri is also estimated to have a net worth of $150 million. He is a Christian preacher, motivational speaker, author and businessman.
His church, established Christian Gathering, one of the fastest growing churches in Africa and the world is headquartered in Pretoria, South Africa and it also operates in Malawi, Ghana, South Sudan and some other African countries.
Shepherd Bushiri is a business mogul who owns a network of businesses, chief of which is SB Investments which has projected him as one of the top businessmen in Africa.
3. Pastor Enoch Adeboye – Net Worth $130 million
The third richest African pastor is Pastor Enoch Adejire Adeboye, popularly known as Pastor E. A. Adeboye.
He is a professor of mathematics at the University of Lagos and the General overseer Worldwide of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG). He is estimated to be financially worth a whopping $130 million and the second richest Nigerian pastor.
A humble and very respected man of God, he has mentored and anointed several other preachers in the ministry in Nigeria today. His many preaching and teachings about the Lord Jesus Christ has endeared him in the hearts of many in the country.
Under his watch, RCCG has grown in leaps and bounds, and expanded into a megachurch. Currently RCCG has presence in 25 regions in Nigeria and 196 countries of the world.
Among the many assets of the church includes the Redeemers University and Dove TV, a digital satellite tv broadcasting service used to reach out to millions of Christian faithful the world over and a private jet for the propagation of the gospel.
4. Uebert Angel – Net Worth $60 million
Uebert Angel is a super rich African pastor based in the United Kingdom. He is from Zimbabwe and he is the founder of Spirit Embassy, the parent ministry that oversees the affairs of his church, Good News Church located in Manchester, England.
A minister, televangelist and businessman, Uebert Angel is a young charismatic prophet whose net worth is estimated at $60 million.
He is also one of the top 20 richest pastors in the world. Apart from ministry, real estate is a major source of his wealth.
5. Pastor Chris Oyakhilome – Net Worth $50 million
Chris Oyakhilome is the founder and president of LoveWorld Incorporated, also known as Christ Embassy. He founded the church in 1987 and the church has grown to megachurch status.
Pastor Chris is ranked as the fifth richest African pastor with an estimated net worth of $50 million. His church has a global following of about 130,000 people.
Among the assets of the church are LoveWorld Television Stations locally and internationally, LoveWorld Publications, LoveWorld Records and a private jet.
6. Pastor Ray McCauley – Net Worth $25 Million
Ray McCauley was born in 1949 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is the senior pastor of Rhema Bible Church, South Africa and the President of the International Federation of Christian Churches (IFCC).
He is also an author and a former bodybuilder. Ray McCauley net worth stands at $25 million, something he has steadily built over the cause of his ministry.
7. Prophet T. B. Joshua – Net Worth $15 Million
T. B. Joshua is a minister, televangelist and philantropist. He is not a regular pastor or preacher but one who occupies the prophetic office, hence the title “Prophet”.
He is the founder and leader of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) which is headquartered in the Ikotun area of Lagos State, Nigeria.
According to Forbes (2011), he is estimated to be worth a fortune of between $10 million to $15 million although we know that the figure should have since risen. He is the most popular preacher on YouTube with 300 million viewers.
Controversial due to his wide ranging prophecies, Joshua is also widely respected and is known by most Presidents on the African continent and many influential people worldwide.
As successful as his ministry has been, his only other branch in Africa is in Ghana. His ministry is involved in a lot of humanitarian works and it owns Emmanuel TV, a faith based satellite television for reaching out to the faithful both locally and internationally.
8. Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo – Net Worth $10 Million
Matthew Ashimolowo is the founder and senior pastor of Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC), a church with its headquarters in London, United Kingdom and its Nigerian headquarters in Maryland, Lagos.
He has an estimated net worth of $10 million which ranks him 8th richest pastor in Africa. His ministry was started in 1992 and it has grown to a congregation of 12,000 people over the years.
His television programme, Winning Ways, is broadcast in Zimbabwe, Ghana, Nigeria, and Europe. The major source of his wealth comes from Christian literature and documents.
9. Pastor Lazarus Muoka – Net Worth $8 Million
Pastor Lazarus Muoka is the Founder and Senior Pastor of The Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Revival Movement. Apart from being a pastor, he is also an author.
He was born in Mgbidi, Imo State, Nigeria and after his primary and secondary education, he moved to Lagos in 1975.
In 1994, he founded his ministry which has since grown in leaps and bounds. Muoka has a net worth estimated to be in the region of $8 million and he is among the wealthiest pastors in Nigeria and Africa.
10. Pastor Chris Okotie – Net Worth $8 Million
Chris Oghenebrorie Okotie is a Nigerian former musician, an author, televangelist, politician and the founder and senior pastor of Household of God Church International Ministries located in Lagos since 1987.
Pastor Chris Okotie has an estimated net worth of $8 million which makes him the tenth richest pastor in Africa this 2023.