10. Joyce Meyer – $25 Million
Walk through any bookstore and you will see at least one dozen Joyce Meyer books for sale, most likely with her smiling face on the back cover. The author, preacher, and motivational speaker has perfected the art of personal branding and at any given moment around the world, it’s not difficult to turn on the television or radio and see her teaching to a massive audience.
The St. Louis, Missouri native has been open and honest about her past; her father sexually, mentally, and emotionally abusing her as a child, her frequenting of bars and overindulging in alcohol, and her divorcing her first husband who she claims often cheated on her. She was in her twenties in the 1970s and not a part of any church when she says God called her name. So she dedicated herself to ministry and by the 80s she had her own radio program and less than a decade later she moved to television on WGN in Chicago.
Joyce Meyers Ministries now employs more than 150 people globally and brings in millions of dollars annually. Meyers’ home is a grand estate worth millions in Missouri and she owns a $10 million corporate jet for travel. She’s often been criticized for lavish spending, especially on her $20 million ministry headquarters, which is decorated with over $5 million worth of furniture. She doesn’t seem to mind the talk and on her ministry’s website she has an option for people to publicly view her financial records.