Net Worth: $15 million Temitope Balogun Joshua is an evangelist for the new era. In fact, if you subscribe to his teachings, he’s not just an evangelist but an all-out prophet. With a social media following of more than 3.5 million people, and a huge following throughout Latin America and Africa, the Nigerian minister certainly has a knack for convincing people of his spiritual legitimacy.
Along with declaring prophecies on the regular, T.B. Joshua has purportedly been responsible for a number of miracles. Many claim to have been healed by his anointing water, and there are even videos available supposedly showing the preacher healing people from blindness, cancer, open wounds and even AIDS. As you might expect of a charismatic minister who claims to have such power, Joshua’s Synagogue Church of All Nations has a monumental following and, according to Forbes magazine, this has helped the man ascend to being the third richest Nigerian preacher.
Net Worth: $10 million Peter Popoff is the quintessential televangelist. While he was born in Berlin, Popoff emigrated to the US and, by the late '70s, had kicked of a career as a TV minster. Popoff’s seemingly miraculous faith healing “gift” made him a sensation and people marveled at his ability to somehow know what ailments people were suffering from and even there names.
Turns out it wasn’t God whispering in Popoff’s ear, but his wife, Elizabeth. She would get a list of attendees before each show, including the ailments they were hoping to have healed. She would then communicate these details to Popoff through an earpiece. It was all just smoke and mirrors and theatrics. When the hoax was revealed in the '80s, Popoff disappeared for 10 years: long enough for the dust to settle and for people to forget his deceit. The fraudulent healer had a second coming in the '90s with the same shtick repackaged for a new audience.
Net Worth: $11 million Now for a pastor who has done a lot of genuine good in the world: Edwin Barry Young. Armed with his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, Young founded the Fellowship Church back in 1990. From humble beginnings in a rented office space, Young gradually built the church, adding international ministry and aid work along the way.
In addition to massive international projects, like helping the survivors of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Young is responsible for outreach work back home in the States. His church now has a number of in-prison campuses to provide support to inmates. The clean-cut Baptist preacher can be seen on Ed Young Television, Fellowship Live and C3 Global and has also authored a number of books.
Net Worth: $15 million Trimm is a woman who identifies herself as many things: motivational speaker, life coach, business strategist, entrepreneur and CEO of Trimm International Inc. While her LinkedIn profile shows no official theological certifications and doesn’t advertise herself as a pastor, even on her website, Cindy Trimm certainly does teach from the Gospels in her YouTube videos and at her numerous public speaking engagements.
Trim has worked in politics, becoming a senator in Bermuda when she was just 30 years old. Through the business-related aspects of her work, the life-coaching, and the public speaking, Trimm has amassed a considerable wealth. She now apparently serves as a pastor at the Embassy Worship Center in Florida and short sermons are regularly published online by Cindy Trimm Ministries.
Net Worth: $15 million Buckle up for another figure, so epic its contentious- Ernest Angley. While this American evangelist ostensibly spreads the word of the lord through his books, sermons and in broadcasts on the television station he owns, he is perhaps best known for the scandals that keep piling up against his name.
Angley has been taken to court and forced to pay damages and back paid wages to people who were treated as “unpaid volunteers” at his restaurant. A restaurant that was making a profit for the church. A profit that contributed to Angley’s own wealth. At the same contentious restaurant, in 1999, one of Angley’s staff members murdered a 15-year-old volunteer. Angley has also come under fire for claiming that Jesus heals AIDS through him since he’s failed to offer anything by way of proof. Finally, and most alarmingly, the man has been at the center of a number of sexual abuse allegations. Yikes.