File image: Temitope Joshua. (IOL).
File image: Temitope Joshua. (IOL).
Picture: Prophet Bushiri (Twitter).
Picture: Prophet Bushiri (Twitter).
File image: Franklin Graham. (Reuters).
File image: Franklin Graham. (Reuters).
Picture: Creflo Dollar. (Twitter).
Picture: Creflo Dollar. (Twitter).
Picture: Joel Osteen. (Twitter).
Picture: Joel Osteen. (Twitter).
Picture: Benny Hinn. (Twitter).
Picture: Benny Hinn. (Twitter).
Picture: Pat Robertson. (Twitter).
Picture: Pat Robertson. (Twitter).
Picture:(from left: Kenneth Copeland and Gloria Copeland. (Twitter).
Picture:(from left: Kenneth Copeland and Gloria Copeland. (Twitter).

CAPE TOWN -  Pastors are known for their religious pursuits and pious living. However, beneath the modest occupation lies a profitable industry. 

Take a look at some of these pastors and how much money they have earned through their endeavours.

THE LIST

1. Franklin Graham

File image: Franklin Graham. (Reuters).

Net worth: R354.6 million 

Name of Church: Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA)

Fun fact:  According to 2014 data, Graham was the highest paid employee of Christian humanitarian organisation, Samaritan Purse, at R8.8 million annually. 


2. Creflo Dollar 

          

         Picture: Creflo Dollar. (Twitter).

Net worth: R383.7 million 

Name of Church: World Changers Church International 

Fun fact: Dollar holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in education and is known for his expensive taste in cars. He owns two Rolls-Royces and a private jet. 

3. Joel Osteen 

Picture: Joel Osteen. (Twitter).

Net worth: R567.5 million 

Name of Church: Televangelist in Houston 

Fun fact: He studied radio and television communications at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma but did not complete his studies. He reportedly dropped out of university after completing one semester in order to manage Lakewood's television production department. 


4. Benny Hinn 

Picture: Benny Hinn. (Twitter).

Net worth: R595.9 million

Name of Church: Televangelist on television program, This Is Your Day

Interesting fact: Hinn was under investigation in 2007 by United States Senate Committee on Finance. The investigation followed an inquiry as to whether Hinn made personal profit from financial donations.

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5. Pat Robertson

Picture: Pat Robertson. (Twitter).

Net worth: R1.4 billion 

Name of Church: Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN)

Fun fact: Robertson is the founder and chairman of The Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) Inc. The 1961-founded network is reportedly worth R4.1 billion. One of the network's central programs is The 700 Cub which produces religious news programs. 

6. Kenneth Copeland 

         Picture:(from left: Kenneth Copeland and Gloria Copeland. (Twitter). 

        Net worth: R10.7 billion 

        Name of Church: Charismatic Movement 

        Fun fact: Kenneth Copeland Ministries, owned by Copeland owns a 1998 Cessna 550 Citation Bravo corporate jet. The Cessna 550 was     
        embroiled in a tax scandal in 2008 when it was denied tax exemption.

7.  Prophet Bushiri 

        Picture: Prophet Bushiri (Twitter). 

        Net worth: Approximately R2.1 billion 

        Name of Church: Enlightened Christian Gathering Church

        Fun fact: Shepherd Bushiri University, linked to Malawian Prophet Bushiri was under investigation by the Department of Higher Education in 
        July this year. This follows allegations that the modules and courses were unregistered. The pastor is also notorious for posting footage of himself and linking people to their families, using technology. 


8. Temitope Joshua
Picture: Temitope Joshua. (IOL). 
Net worth: R141 million 
Name of Church: Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN)
Fun fact: SCOAN heads a scholarship programme which sponsored a Nigerian student in 2012 to pursue a PhD at Oxford University worth R1.8 million. 

- BUSINESS REPORT ONLINE