This list below compiled in 2011 by Mfonobong Nsehe, a contributor on Forbes, revealed the net worth of Nigeria's most influential men of God.
5 Bishop David Oyedepo
Bishop David Oyedepo is a Nigerian Preacher, Christian Author, Founder and Presiding Bishop of Winners Chapel known as Living Faith Church World Wide. He is hailed as the wealthiest preacher in Nigeria with a total net worth of $150 million and properties like 4 private jets and homes in the United States and England. After the foundation of the Living Faith Outreach Ministry in 1981, it has evolved to be one of the largest congregations in Africa.
Net worth: $150 millionMinistry/Church: Living Faith World Outreach Ministry, also known as Winners Chapel
Every Sunday, he is hosting three worship services in Faith Tabernacle which has a total capacity of 50,000 people. He is also the founder and owner of the Faith Academy, a high school for the elites, Dominion Publishing House which publishes his books and Covenant University, a top tertiary school in Nigeria.
4 Chris Oyakhilome
Net worth: $30 million – $50 millionChurch: Believers’ Loveworld Ministries, a.k.a Christ Embassy
With an estimated net worth between $30 million- $50 million, Chris Oyakhilome is one of the richest pastors in the whole of Nigeria. He is a faith healer, a televangelist and founding president of the Christ Embassy which is also known as the Believers’ LoveWorld Inc. He is actively involved in magazines, newspapers, local television station, satellite TV, record label and even real estate. He had been involved in a $35 million laundering case after he was accused of stealing his church funds and transferring it to foreign banks. He denied the accusation which dismissed the case eventually. Currently, Christ Embassy has over 40,000 members, some of which were successful politicians and business executives.
3 Temitope Joshua
Net worth: $10 million – $15 millionChurch: Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN)
With an estimated net worth of $10 million-$15 million, this Nigerian televangelist, humanitarian, minister and faith healer belongs to the top 5 richest pastors in Nigeria. He is the founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, he is considered as the most philanthropic and controversial churchman. Through the years, the church has expanded to Greece, South Africa, Ghana and United Kingdom with over 15,000 worshipers on regular Sunday service. He owns a Christian television network named Emmanuel TV, and for over 3 years, he has given up a total of about $20 million to help a number of causes including healthcare, education and rehabilitation programs for the militants of Niger Delta.
2 Matthew Ashimolowo
Net worth: $6 million – $10 millionChurch: Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC)
With an annual salary over £100,000, Mathew Ashilomowo made it to the 4th richest pastor in Nigeria with an estimated net worth between $6 million-$10,000. Ashilomowo got most of his net worth from the sales of documentaries and Christian literatures in his media company known as Matthew Ashimolowo Media. His programme entitled Winning Ways is aired everyday on Spirit FM (Amsterdam) and Premier Radio (London) and on television in Ghana, Zimbabwe, TV, Africa, Ghana, Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) and Europe’s The God Channel and Inspirational Work.
1 Chris Okotie
Net worth: $3 million -$10 millionChurch: Household of God Church
Chris Okotie is a popular televangelist and preacher of the Household of God Church International Ministries, he has a total net worth of $3 million to $10 million. He started as a pop musician until he founded the church. He has been a non-winning Nigerian Presidential candidate in the 2003, 2007 and 2011 elections. Currently, his congregation has over 5,000 members composed of Nollywood musicians, celebrities and society people.