Most clergy in America earn a humble $45,000 or less per year as they work tirelessly to share the gospel. However, some spiritual leaders have built lucrative empires comparable to the dynasties previously only enjoyed by star athletes, Hollywood actors, and corporate elites.
With his yachts and jets and endlessly-smiling mouth offering promises of “Your Best Life Now”, pastor Osteen was already a subject of contempt among Americans, in general.
The $50-million preacher, Joel Osteen, lives in a $10 million home, shut the doors to his massive Lakewood Church in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. After being shamed on social media pastor Osteen has decided to open up the doors to his megachurch to house some of the flood victims in Houston, Texas.
Pat Robertson is a son of U.S. Senator A. Willis Robertson, served as a Southern Baptist minister for many years before carving out a career as $100 million media mogul and executive chairman. Robertson is host of “The 700 Club,” the flagship program of the Christian Broadcasting Network, which Robertson launched in 1960 in Virginia Beach, VA.
“The 700 Club” hostfounded the Christian Coalition, a Christian Right organization that raises money for conservative political candidates. Robertson was instrumental in building a number of organizations committed to promoting conservative Christian ideals. He is the founder, CEO, and chancellor of what we know today as Regent University. Robertson also established the American Center for Law & Justice, a major public interest law firm headquartered in Washington, D.C.