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More Than Half The world’s Billionaires are Christians, Here are the Top 10 Including A Nigerian Woman!

from: 30 . 01 . 16

A recent research has shown that more than half of the world billionaires have been identified as Christians.

The study, from the nonpartisan wealth research firm New World Wealth, found that of the 13.1 million millionaires in the world, 7.4 million, or 56.2 percent, identify themselves as Christian when asked about their religion.

The study also revealed that the richest countries are also Christian-dominant. According to New World Wealth, 7 of the 10 wealthiest countries—ranked by number of millionaires—are “Christian dominated,” according to the report.

Here’s a list of the billionaires and entrepreneurs who are Christians from all around the world – the richest Christians in the world – deducing from the result obtained from the study. As you read their short biographies, you will see as the scriptures came alive in their lives yielding massive results for them. Checkout the list below:

1. John D Rockefeller


He was the founder of the Standard Oil Company, which dominated the oil industry. Rockefeller revolutionised the petroleum industry and set the standard for modern philanthropy.

He was a devout Christian who taught in Sunday school and supported many church-based projects throughout his life. Rockefeller was quoted as saying “God gave me money”, and he did not apologise for it. He followed John Wesley’s principle of “gain all you can, save all you can, and give all you can.”

From his very first paycheck, Rockefeller tithed ten percent of his earnings to his church. As Rockefeller’s wealth grew, his giving also increased, with most of his giving going towards educational and public health causes, as well as basic science and the art.
He became the world’s richest man and the first American worth more than a billion dollars. After taking into account inflation, he is often regarded as being the richest person in modern history.

2. Mary Kay Ash


Mary Kay Ash retired in 1963 after being passed over for a promotion in favour of a man that she had trained. She intended to write a book to help women in business. The book soon turned into a business plan, and in 1963, Mary Kay Ashbegan Mary Kay Cosmetics with a $5,000 investment.

The founding principle of Mary Kay Cosmetics was known as the “Golden Rule”, upon which the company’s marketing plan was developed to allow women to advance by helping others to succeed. She advocated “praising people to success” and her slogan “God first, family second, career third” expressed her belief that the women in her company should keep their lives in the right balance.

Mary Kay was honoured as the number 1 leading female entrepreneur in American history.

3. Tyler Perry


Within a few years, Tyler Perry went from being homeless to selling out theatres. Tyler Perry is an outspoken Christian who credits his success to God. In 2006, he established Tyler Perry Studios and in 2008 it moved to its current location – a 200,000 square foot studio facility situated in Southwest Atlanta, USA.

4. Henry Heinz

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Henry Heinz was a nineteenth century Christian businessman who founded the Heinz company 1869. Heinz based his business on Christian principles and proclaimed that his success was a direct result of his faith in God. Heinz was committed to bringing out the best in people and his company was credited for its fair treatment of workers and for pioneering safe and clean food preparation.

Today the Heinz company is worth around $12 billion. It’s most famous product is tomato ketchup, with 650 million bottles of Ketchup being sold every year.

5. Sam Walton

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Sam Walton was an American businessman and entrepreneur, best known for founding the Wal-Mart retail stores. With his strong Christian background based on ethics and hard work, Walton excelled in school, college, and business. Early in his career, he worked as a management trainee for J. C. Penney.

In 1998, Walton was included in Time’s list of 100 most influential people of the 20th Century and Forbes ranked him as the richest man in the United States from 1982 to 1988. Interestingly, Bill Gates only topped the list for the first time in 1992, the year Walton died.

6. Cher Wang


Cher Wang is a Taiwanese entrepreneur who co-founded smartphone maker, HTC Corporation and VIA Technologies. Her late father was Wang Yung-ching, who was one of the richest individuals in Taiwan.Wang is a devout Christianwho was quoted as saying that the Bible is “the best book about management practice”. One of the most important things she has learned from the Bible is that a person must have a vision, otherwise he or she will be destroyed. The vision for HTC Corporation came during her early career whilst Wang was working in First International Computer. As she dragged bulky, heavy computers to client offices, she knew there must be a better way of designing a computer that could fit in the palm of your hand. In 1997 she acted on that vision and HTC Corporation was born.

In May 2011, Forbes ranked her and her husband Wen Chi Chen as the richest people in Taiwan. Following some challenges with HTC’s sales dropping in recent months, Forbes ranked her and her husband’s as Taiwan’s 13th richest people with a combined net worth of US$2.5 billion in 2013.

7. Folorunsho Alakija


Alakija started out her professional career in the mid 70s as a secretary at the now defunct International Merchant Bank of Nigeria, one of the country’s earliest investment banks. In the early 80s, Alakija quit her job and went on to study Fashion design in England, returning to Nigeria shortly afterwards to start Supreme Stitches, a premium Nigerian fashion label which catered exclusively to upscale clientele.

The business thrived, and Alakija quickly made a tidy fortune selling high-end Nigerian clothing to fashionable wives of military bigwigs and society women.

In May 1993 Alakija applied for an allocation of an Oil Prospecting License (OPL). The license to explore for oil on a 617,000 acre block – (now referred to as OPL 216) was granted to Alakija’s company, Famfa Limited. The block is located approximately 220 miles South East of Lagos and 70 miles offshore Nigeria in the central Niger Delta.

This was in 1993. Many wealthy Nigerian businessmen and military bigwigs who had been allocated oil blocs by the military administration at the time had no clue as to the technicalities in operating an oil block, so many of them typically acquired OPLs, and then flipped them off to international oil companies for substantial profits but Alakija was intelligent. She had no expertise or experience in running an oil field, but she decided not to sell off her license. In September 1996, she entered into a joint venture agreement with Star Deep Water Petroleum Limited (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Texaco) and appointed the company as a technical adviser for the exploration of the license, transferring 40 percent of her 100 percent stake to Star Deep. Subsequently, Star Deep sold off 8 percent of its stake in OPL 216 to Petrobas, a Brazilian company.Folorunsho Alakija and her family owned 60 percent.

After a lengthy court battle which lasted for several years with the federal government of Nigeria, the Supreme Court voided the government’s acquisition of a 50 percent stake in OML 127 and subsequently transferred the 50 percent stake to Famfa Oil which saw the little-known oil company Famfa owning a 60 percent in OML 127, one of Nigeria’s most prolific oil blocks in May 2012,

Folorunsho Alakija is the founder of the Rose of Sharon foundation, a Christian-based charity which gives out small grants to widows. In 2013, she replaced Oprah Winfrey to become the richest black woman in the world with a $1.88b net-worth.

8. Strive Masiyiwa


Strive Masiyiwa is a Zimbabwean born businessman who founded Econet Wireless. South African based Econet Wireless is now a global telecommunications group with operations, investments and offices in more than 15 countries. A born again Christian, Strive Masiyiwa was quoted as saying that he reads his bible for at least 4 hours a day – if he’s busy! He tithes 10% of his annual income to his church. Together with his wife, he personally pays the school fees for over 22,000 Zimbabwean orphans.

According to Forbes, 2015, he has an estimated net worth of US$600 million.

9. David Green

David Green Hobby-Lobby

He is a 70 year old billionaire and founder of Hobby Lobby, an arts and crafts chain with 520 superstores in 42 states. Green and his family own 100% of the company and he ranks No. 79 on the list of the 400 richest Americans, with an estimated net worth of $4.5 billion. He was quoted saying; “If you have anything or if I have anything, it’s because it’s been given to us by our Creator, so I have learned to say, ‘Look, this is yours, God. It’s all yours. I’m going to give it to you.’” Green keeps the total amount of his giving private but Forbes has estimated his total lifetime giving at above $500million, making him the largest individual financier of evangelical causes in America.

Green sponsors the YouVersion Bible app for mobile phones which has already been downloaded over 50 million times. He also plans to give 90% of his wealth to ministry work when he dies. He is the owner of the largest private collection of biblical antiquities in the world and plans to open the Museum of the Bible within three years.

Green recalls the memory of his parents’ putting their last dime on the collection plate. His father was a poor preacher yet despite their financial state, Green’s mother stepped out in faith and regularly gave to the church. He attributes his blessing to his mother’s giving and the fact that he continues to give today.

10. Jin Sook and Do Won Chang


Jin Sook and her husband Do Won Chang rank No. 79 on the list of the 400 richest Americans, in joint place with David Green. They are the founders of fashion retail outlet “Forever 21”. In 1981 they immigrated to America from Korea. Do Won held three jobs to survive, doing janitorial work, pumping gas and working in a coffee shop.

They soon opened their first clothing store in 1984. Today Forever 21 operates 480 stores with an estimated annual turnover of over $3 billion. Jin Sook and Do Won Chang make a point of printing John 3:16 on the bottom of every Forever 21 shopping bag.

11. Truett Cathy


Truett Cathy is the 91 year old founder of food outlet Chick-fil-A and ranks No. 89 on the list of the 400 richest Americans. He opened his first Chick-fil-A outlet in Atlanta in 1967.

Forty-five years later, the devout Baptist is the CEO of the second largest fried chicken chain in the country, with KFC being the largest. All Chick-fil-A stores are always closed on Sundays so that employees can attend church services.

12. Henry Parsons Crowell


Henry Parsons Crowell was an extraordinary Christian business man and founder of the Quaker Oats Company. He brought oatmeal to the mainstream, revolutionised marketing and merchandising methods of his time and advanced the Gospel through the Henry Parsons and Susan Coleman Crowell Trust. The Trust states that its purpose is to fund the teaching and active extension of the doctrines of evangelical Christianity.

Henry had no high school diploma or business qualifications. At a time when the Quaker Oats Company was struggling, he brought his business problems to the Lord. An idea soon came to him to package the oats in individual cardboard containers. Up to that point, oats were presented for sale in an unhygienic manner in big barrels or boxes on the grocery floors. The idea was a success and demand soared.

During the depression of 1893, 15,000 other businesses went bankrupt but Henry decided to make bold investments in advertising. He put billboards on trains and adverts in newspapers and magazines promoting “Quaker Oats, the World’s Breakfast”. He pioneered the use of celebrity endorsements and wrote the ads himself. At a time when others were failing, Henry’s business was a huge success. Instead of the usual method of approaching stores and convincing them of why they should stock his product, he advertised straight to the consumer. The consumer would in turn make a request to their local stores that the item be stocked. In so doing, Henry turned housewives across America into his sales people!

Many business people and corporate giants came to Christ as a result of their association with Henry and his wife. The more money Henry gave to Christiancauses, the more he prospered. He became hugely wealthy in various other businesses. He believed that all things were a stewardship from God. Towards the end of his life, Henry had given away 70% of his wealth. He went to be with the Lord at the age of 82, while riding the commuter train back to his house with a Bible in his hand.

A book was written about Henry titled “The Cereal Tycoon” by Joe Musser.

31 Comments to “More Than Half The world’s Billionaires are Christians, Here are the Top 10 Including A Nigerian Woman!”
WOW,love these,very inspiring.. Thank you sir.
I like the reading of the bible part, Tithing, "God first, Family Second and Career..... God is good!
Truly inspiring
God's principle has never fail and it is sure never fail. God want us to seek for Him first and be in upright standing with Him. If we do this His promise that He will supply all our needs according to His riches in glory is stand firm. I am happy with you millionaires and billionaires of our time that affect other people's lives with your wealth. May God be with you all in Jesus Christ name-Amen.
This is lovely so insipiring if God changed the lives of these dear one then I won't struggle with my business
Good Morning man of God There was questions that came into our Office today! The question goes like this: Good News Outreach Magazine! Is it a good Thing that Christians should Play Lottery?? Because here in this Country millions of €uro are in the pot every day ! He said this week alone 48 millions is in the pot! Can the Christian Play the lottery I pass the question to you as well brother. Pastor Sunday Adelaja Good News Outreach Magazine / Emmanuel Publications the life saving
Lottery is not a creative venture...its not the best for children of God...God is creative.
I want to be a Leading Billionaire in this world before age 42...that's what came to my mind. So help me God. Joshua Ezedebego, Amen.
You will in Jesus name, but i am even actually aiming to be the richest man that ever lived, i want to beat that Musa guy, he is currently the richest that ever lived
Really Great to see that we christians are taking the lead, still can't believe that rockefella is that rich
man of God i want to be a bellionaire by the age 37 pliz pry 4me .
I'm blessed reading it! You are truly blessed by the Almighty for the World!!!
i am highly indebted as a result of hoodlum that stole my 10litres of Kerosene product .i cant sleep at night.
Quite inspiring and didactic, especially Mrs. Folorunsho Alakija's profile.
I am very encouraged by the great partners of God in business affairs. my faith have been stirred up in trusting God more that He is able to prosper his people, and i believe that i am going to be the next on the list in Jesus Name.
I will say thanks my God & chrestian brathers & sisters
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The Lord be with you sir! Tomorrow, by God's grace, i would like to meet with you, or call you on phone or send you an email-whichever you prefer. My phone:+2348033952835. My office address:TF Communications. 28b, Gbemisola Street, Off Allen Avenue, By First Bank Bus Stop, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria. I am a Vetting Executive, a Speech writer, a Freelance Journalist, and, most importantly, a Pastor (not full time yet). Again, the lord be with you sir! Very Sincere regards.
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I will say thanks my God for you blessed
Who is the current richest person on earth sir?born again or just a christian?
Bill Gates and he is none of the things you mentioned!
Hello Esteemed Riches in Christ! Here we are in 2018 with a brand new year in front of us. It’s hard to imagine that time has gone so quickly, but, praises God, we believe it's going to be a good year. We want to encourage you this year to draw close to Jesus and purpose to follow and serve HIM with your whole heart and we truly believe that you will find that the blessing of God will come upon you and overtake you. I believe in 2018 we need to be praying for our families for our unsaved loved ones, for our unsaved friends and for miracles. We need to be ready to pray for situations to change and for the power of intercession to make a difference in our world. May God guide you whatever you do for HIM and wherever you go for HIM. Yours in His vineyard Pastor Pau Myanmar
Wow..what a powerful exposure greatly inspired, I've actually been Looking for a succesful Nigerian Christian businessman for a model..
This is a very exhaustive post. Very well researched and inspiring. It's amazing to know that God has these people in positions of power and wealth to do so much good. We need to see more:) Thank you for this great post!
God has blessed america with ingenuity, entrepreneurialism, hardworking honest virtuous workers....all these are timeless inspirations to us all......
I am fulltime Pastor for 34 years married with four children, three girls one boy. My wife is God fearing and a seamstress by profession. My first two daughters have obtained First Degree in Psychology and Agriculture Science respectively. They. They have the dream to study Masters to enable them teach at the second circle institutions. I am appealing to all Christian Rich People who will allow himself or herself to be used as an instrument in the hands of God to help this noble dream to come to pass. God richly bless you. Remain, and hoping to hear from you soon. Yours in His service. Rev. Frank Owusu Kedjah.
On September last year God gave me an assignment to spread the good news to every community in Ghana in a creative way. Through Community Development Program. He gave me Isaiah 45:1-4. We have started and paramouncies are so excited and interested. I need prayers for philanthropists and Christian organizations to support my foundation to embark on this Godly project. Please pray with me and link me as long God enables you. Thank you
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