Raking In The Dough: The Richest Mega Pastors in America

Franklin Graham

William Franklin Graham III is the son of the famous pastor Billy Graham, and the president of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse. In 2008 he came under fire after claiming total compensation of $1.2 million (from both Samaritan’s Purse and Billy Graham Evangelistic Association), during a period of slowed economic growth. According to Graham and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association board, $300,000 of that huge amount was actually deferred retirement money from the previous three years.

Franklin Graham

In 2009, Graham announced that he would give up new contributions to his retirement plans and not take a further salary from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. His wealth, estimated in the millions, shows that a family dynasty can be created in the religious world.