Why do people start religious cults? Maybe they love the power and the fame, or maybe they actually believe in their whacky beliefs. Whatever it is, we can certainly guarantee they love the money. Oh, you didn’t do? Yes, these leaders usually live luxurious lifestyles while their followers just sit, donate, and support the system. So let’s take a look at some of the most profitable cult leaders of all time. Don’t get any ideas though.
RICHEST RELIGIOUS CULTS: SUN MYUNG MOON
Sun Myung Moon is the genius behind the Unification Church. Apparently, his estate and various personal assets make it into the billions. He wasn’t just a cult leader though. Sun Myung Moon promoted his political agenda by way of Korean reunification.
RICHEST RELIGIOUS CULTS: HARUN YAHYA
Do you know Richard Dawkins? Well, let’s pretend Richard Dawkins is a superhero. If that’s true, then his arch nemesis is Harun Yahya (a.k.a Adnan Oktar). This creationist has sold more than 10,000 copies of his unique idea that Darwinism is based on evil. Furthermore, he recently offered 10 million Turkish Lire to someone that proves evolution is legitimate. So you know this guy is rich.
RICHEST RELIGIOUS CULTS: T.D. JAKES
T.D. Jakes is worth over $18 million and currently, lives in a Dallas mansion worth $1.7 million. Why all this money you ask? Well, when you own a mega-church with over 300,000 followers, you find ways to suck them dry of their money one way or another.
RICHEST RELIGIOUS CULTS: EDDIE LONG
Nope, we are not done with the Southern Baptist Church leaders just yet. Before we move on, let’s talk about the late Eddie Long. Long made over $1 million a year, lived in a massive mansion in Lithonia and drove a $400,000 Bentley. Furthermore, his “non-profit charity” made over $3 million in benefits and compensation from his followers.
RICHEST RELIGIOUS CULTS: L. RON HUBBARD
How could we almost forget L. Ron Hubbard? The infamous founder of Scientology was apparently worth six hundred million at the moment of his death. Who knows what this religion is worth now. With over 15 million members (and counting) the religion continues to grow and make ridiculous amounts of money.
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