According to The Pew Research Center’s latest study, an incredible 84% of the world’s population identifies as being religious. Only 16% identify themselves as atheists. With an estimated 4,200 religions to choose from worldwide, it’s no wonder so many of us ascribe to a belief in something greater than ourselves.
Astonishingly, salaries for clergy can mount up into millions of dollars per year. While church members often operate under the assumption that their leaders receive average wages and live modest lives, we have evidence that clearly proves the contrary to be true. However, it’s important to keep in mind, many of these men and women of the cloth operated businesses outside the church which made them independently wealthy. Buckle up for our list of the world’s richest religious leaders.
Net Worth: Approximately: $1 Million. Bill Moyers actually got his start in journalism. Fresh from completing his degree at the University of Texas, Bill Moyers undertook an internship with the United States Senate. In this role, he managed to meet and impress Senator Lyndon B. Johnson. A pretty fortuitous move on Moyers’ part. Senator Johnson was so taken by Moyers he got the young man a position working as an editor.
While excelling in his broadcast work Moyers continued his studies, just in a relatively unrelated field: theology. This passion continued to blossom and, in 1959, Moyers was ordained as a Baptist pastor. With such a massive portfolio of work in journalism and broadcasting, Moyers has worked hard for his $1 million net worth.