Around the world, corporate and successful business men and women are no longer the only wealthy people. A number of men and women of the cloth have joined the list of richest people in the world.
However, religion and wealth usually result in controversial debates in most African countries. This is because of the question of how these rich men of God accumulate their wealth. But despite this, the number of insanely wealthy pastors in South Africa is still growing.
South African pastors are among the richest in Africa. Apart from their day job, these men and women have diversified and now own many successful business worth millions or Rand.
These are the richest pastors in South Africa
Prophet Shepherd Bushiri
Prophet Shepherd Bushiri is the founder of the Enlightened Christian Gathering Church and one of the richest pastors in South Africa. He began the ministry in the year 2001 which has since then grown making him famous in the country and the continent.
He is also the founder of Bushiri Shepherd Ministries and currently has thousands of members worshiping in his church. His church has established branches in other African countries such as Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Botswana.
Though originally from Malawi, Bushiri has set up base in South Africa, and risen to the top of the money charts.
The preacher is a successful entrepreneur and he is estimated to have a net worth of $150 million by Forbes. He has invested in different sectors such as real estate, for instance, he owns houses in Malawi and also reportedly owns a university in South Sudan (Bushiri University of Agriculture).
Pastor Alph Lukau
Pastor Alph Lukau is not only one of the richest pastors in South Africa, but also one of the richest men of God in Africa. He founded his Alleluia Ministries International in 2002 and he is also the overseer of the church.
He is one of the most controversial preachers in Africa. Recently, a video surfaced online of him resurrecting a dead man causing discussion across the whole continent. The preacher has also drawn attention for owning the most expensive rides. For instance, his church motorcade usually consists of expensive vehicles such as Rolls Royce, Ferrari, and a Range rover besides the police escort that he receives.
Pastor Tshifhiwa Irene
Pastor Tshifhiwa Irene was a televangelist who founded the Divine Truth Word Restoration Services for World peace by Jesus Christ. Her church is situated in Venda, South Africa. Before establishing her ministry, she worked as a banker at the Standard Bank of South Africa from the year 1990 to 2001.
Before her death in 2018, she was estimated to have net worth of $42 million, making her one of the richest preachers in South Africa and in the continent.
Pastor Ray McCauley
Pastor McCauley is one of the richest preachers and the senior pastor at the Rhema Bible Church. He is also the president of the International Federation of Christian Churches, and the National Council of Interfaith in South Africa.
In 1979, he received training then later started his own ministry. He is currently based in South Africa and he has a reported net worth of $ 28 million.
Prophet Uebert Angel
Prophet Uebert Angel founded the Good News Church in 2007. He is among the youngest pastors in South Africa who have made a great fortune. His sources of wealth include; real estate business which he has heavily invested in. He also runs two TV stations which air his own services. In addition, he is also the CEO of Sam Barkeley Construction and Angel Organization.