Joel Osteen Net Worth
Joel Osteen Net Worth and salary: Joel Osteen is an American preacher, televangelist and author who has a net worth of $40 million dollars. Joel Osteen is most famous for being the pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. He was born Joel Scott Osteen on March 5, 1963, in Houston, Texas. Joel inherited the Lakewood Church and its television ministry from his late father John Osteen. He took over his father's role as a pastor and televangelist in 1999, despite having very little formal religious training. Since then, the Lakewood Church broadcast has grown exponentially and can be seen in 100 different countries. Joel has expanded both the church and the TV ministry around the globe. The church welcomes more than 50,000 parishioners every week. Osteen's weekly TV sermons are seen by an average of 7 million people per week and 20 million per month.
In 2004, Joel wrote his first book "Your Best Life Now". Marketed as a positive-thinking book, it debuted at the top of the New York Times Best Seller list and stayed there for 200 weeks. The popularity of this book and his sermons have allowed Joel to bring his "live at your full potential" message on the road to sold-out sports arenas around the world. Although he holds no formal degree and only briefly attended Oral Roberts University, he honed his preaching skills to perfection under his father's guidance. His second book "Become A Better You", sold 4 million copies and reportedly earned the pastor more than $13 million in advances and royalties. Joel Osteen's book sales, radio show, public speaking fees and church collection reportedly generates $55 million per year. When asked about this exceptional income, Joel claims an individual should not feel guilt for possessing lots of material wealth. He instead believes that one needs to simply thank and praise God for the acquired wealth. Joel, his wife and two children live in a $10.5 million mansion in the Houston suburbs.