Churches are one of the most famous organizations in the world. This has slowly translated into numbers and numbers into wealth. Below is a list of top ten wealthiest and richest churches (religious organizations) in the world in 2021:
1. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- Day Saints
The church tops among wealthiest and richest churches in the world. This is a non- Trinitarian Christian restorationist church whose headquarters is located in the United States. It is commonly known as the LDS Church or the Mormon Church. It is worth about $100 billion.
2. Catholic Church Vatican
It is also known as the See of Rome or the Holy See. This is the Universal home of all the Catholic churches as well as the Bishop of Rome (Pope). It is worth $33 billion.
3. Catholic Church Germany
This is the Roman Church of Germany. It is part of the worldwide Catholic church in communion with the pope, assisted by the Roman Curia. Its net worth is about $26 billion.
4. Catholic Church Australia
This is part of the Worldwide catholic church. This church is worth about $22.3 billion.
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5. Church of England
It is also known as the Anglican Church. Here, the Archbishop of Canterbury is the most senior cleric. This church has its headquarters in the United Kingdom and its net worth is about $ 9 billion.
6. Opus Dei
This church describes itself as ‘a personal prelature of the Catholic church that helps people seek holiness in their work and ordinary activities’. It has its headquarters in Italy. Its net worth is about $3billion.
7. Church of Scientology
It was launched in May 1952 by the American Author L. Ron Hubbard who came up with a program of ideas known as the Dianetics. It has its headquarters in the USA. Its net worth is about $2.5 billion.
8. Episcopalian Church
It was founded in 1975 after being separated from the Church of England after the American Revolution. Its headquarters is in the 815 second avenue, New York, USA. It is worth about $2 billion.
Freemasonry is not really a religion, but to join it, one must believe in some supreme being. Members of the Freemason are known to be very wealthy individuals who own very big organizations worldwide.
They are very powerful to the extent of having their symbol appear on the dollar bill. Claims have it that they are the richest organizations in the world.
10. The Kenneth Copeland Ministry
It is owned by Kenneth Copeland, who is an American Preacher. The church is located in Tarrant county, Texas and it is worth about $1 billion.
So, what is the richest and most powerful church in the world, Catholic or Mormon Church?
When it comes to matters about region, who is richer is a question that very many people ask on the internet around the globe. The truth of the matter is that the catholic church is the richest religious organization in the world, followed by Mormon. As you can see from the list, the catholic church is divided into; Catholic Church Vatican, Catholic church Australia and Catholic church Germany. All the sub-branches independently make it to our list of top ten wealthiest churches in the world.
The total net worth of of the catholic churches is the sum of all worth from the above-mentioned countries. The Catholic Church owns some of the greatest art works ever made in the world history. It also possesses vast gold deposits and billions of dollars in assets. The church also earns a significant amount of income from the tourism sector as the Vatican is considered an independent city-state.
It also has more than 1.3 billion baptized members and believers worldwide! Yes, more than 1.3 billion. Keep in mind that the earth has a population of 7 Billion occupants. Therefore less than 6 Billion humans are believers of other hundreds of religions. This makes its worth far much away from the other religions in the world such as Mormon. Other published sources reveal that the net worth of the catholic church is incalculable.