“Religious Leader” and “stinkin’ rich” don’t sound like they should go hand and hand, but oftentimes, the opposite is true. Admittedly, doing God’s work, as some of them put it, isn’t cheap, and you need to have a personal jet to spread the Good Word. Check out our list of some of the wealthiest religious leaders this world has ever seen. You’ll undoubtedly know who sits on the third spot.
20. Walter Mercado – $5 Million
The late Walter Mercado was a spiritual leader that would leave his audience hanging onto his every word. The Puerto Rico native took an unorthodox approach at religion, influencing his Latin viewers to accept nonconforming roles based on gender. The dancer-turned-singer-turned-astrologer-turned-spiritual leader passed away in late-2019 from kidney failure. Many of his extravagant capes have been auctioned off.