The Memphis Flyer reports that Bishop Charles Blake of the West Angeles Church of God in Christ “earns a $900,000 salary and owns a 10,000-square-foot mansion in Beverly Hills, while most of his congregation lives in impoverished South Central Los Angeles.” The church boasts 20,000 members weekly.
In South Central Los Angeles, the median annual income is $27,907.
Nigerian pastor Matthew Ashimolowo and has a net worth of $10 million and sits at the helm of Kingsway International Christian Center in London. The church is reportedly the largest Pentecostal church in the U.K.
In 2009, the church posted profits of close to $10 million. Ashimolowo earned much of his wealth from various businesses, including Matthew Ashimolowo Media, which sells documentaries and Christian literature.
In Ashimolowo’s home country Nigeria, 54.98 percent of the citizens live below the poverty level at under $2 a day.