While most seminarians and religious leaders do not pursue a career in preaching to get rich, there are those who have managed to enjoy lifestyles comparable to that of A-list actors, corporate elites, and star elites.
Get to know who exactly these people are and see just how much they’re worth!
Charles E. Blake
Charles Edward Blake, Jr. is the current Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ, Inc., which is a Pentecostal-Holiness denomination that boasts an estimated 6 million members. He came into the position afterÂ the death of the previous Presiding Bishop, Gilbert E. Patterson.
Due to his position, Charles E. Blake is able to afford to live in a 10,000 square foot Beverly Hills mansion and reportedly earns $900,000 per year. Much of his income comes from the 25,000 members who attend his church every week, as well as the additional 50,000 who attend online.
His “salary” has since been reported to have gone down to a more modest $227,750, but that’s still many times more than the $27,907 annual salary of his average parishioner, who mostly live in the impoverished areas around South Central Los Angeles.
The son of the famous pastor, Billy Graham, Franklin Graham was born to be what he is today, and is living proof that it is possible to create a family dynasty in the religious world.
As the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse, Billy Graham’s finances have been questioned many times. Case in point, in 2008, in the midst of what’s now known as “The Great Recession, he claimed a total of $1.2 million as compensation from both the Samaritan’s Purse and Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. This came under fire almost immediately, although Graham, as well as the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association board, claimed that $300,000 of the said amount was deferred retirement money from previous years.
The following year, he announced he would no longer be taking any more money from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Despite doing so, he’s still probably very rich, as his net worth still remains in the millions of dollars.
Oklahoma native Bill Moyers first started as an intern in the United States senate, where he caught the eye of the then Senator Lyndon B. Johnson, who helped him on his way to becoming a television editor. It’s believed that Moyers earned more than $20 million in taxpayer money for hosting several TV programs, although this allegation has never been confirmed.
From there, he’d decided to pursue theology and completed his Master of Divinity in 1959, after which time he became an ordained Baptist minister. He would later be appointed as the Associate Director of the Peace Corp and would serve as the 13th White House Press Secretary under Johnson from 1965 to 1967.
Since then, the now 81-year-old journalist turned pastor turned politician has become best recognized as a pioneer in freedom of the press and public broadcasting, as well as laying the groundwork for the media’s relationship with the President and the White House.
To this date, his exact net worth remains undisclosed.