5 Richest Religious Leaders In The Philippines

Religious leaders are men of faith, and in the Philippines, they happen to be few of the richest people, too. Little do most people know that religion not only involves faith, it also includes influence and affluence.

When I was in law school, a law professor told me this: “If you want to be rich quickly, don’t go into law practice. Instead, be a religious minister.”

That time, I had a very vague idea of what he meant. Only upon closer examination of the most visible religious groups today did I realize how right my law professor was all along.

Here are the top 5 richest and most powerful religious leaders in the Philippines today:

  1. Glicerio “Jun” Santos Jr.

Jun Santos is the general auditor of Iglesia ni Cristo, and the president of more than a dozen Felix Y. Manalo Foundations. He also happens to be the most powerful religious leader in the Philippines. His influence in the Philippine national government? Unchallenged.

  1. Mariano “Mike” Velarde

Mike Velarde is the leader of El Shaddai. Although he does not mix well with the media, his affluence is evident. He has an estimated net worth of at least 200 million pesos.

  1. Eduardo “Eddie” Villanueva

Most people would probably recall Eddie Villanueva as that failed presidential aspirant, but his wealth remains steady and his influence strong. He also has an estimated net worth of more than 200 million pesos. He may have failed as a presidential candidate, but his pockets certainly don’t scream failure.

  1. Eliseo “Brother Eli” Soriano

Brother Eli is in exile, but he’s also one of the most controversial religious leaders in the Philippines. He is well-known as a critic of Inglesia ni Cristo, and has more than 100 million pesos under his name.

  1. Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle

Since the Philippines is predominantly a Catholic nation, it would be safe to say that everyone knows Tagle. If one doesn’t know him through his religious backgrounds, surely one is familiar with his face as seen on TV. It is hard to quantify Tagle’s net worth, but he certainly holds much influence.

Well, if you have a talent for speaking and is charismatic enough to convince people, I say give a religious minister a try. Who knows? You might be the next to the people in this list someday.



  • ivan October 11, 2017 at 8:33 am

    Panu napasali si Eliseo “Brother Eli” Soriano, eh nangungutang lang nga siya ng patubuan sa pang broadcast. May mayaman ba na nangungutang pa ng patubuan?

  • ciichaal July 31, 2017 at 7:51 am

    dapat sinulat mo rin ung mga properties nila at malalaking cimbahan . proofs kung gaano sila kayaman 😉

  • Jervon Barcoma July 18, 2017 at 5:08 am

    i think bro eli soriano should not be included in the list, because MCGI have no doctrines teaching TITHES, like other religions they did. coz bro eli help people to know what is the truth hidden in the bible and not using religion to be a source for his own wealth but instead even his own money were used to propagate the word of God.. (II Corinthians 2:17)

  • Charlie Yu June 21, 2017 at 3:26 am

    Any source? Proofs? It would be more striking if these infos are backuped with proofs as what all legal persons do.

  • Sourceless Claims June 21, 2017 at 3:06 am

    Clever daw pero wala manlang reference at evidences na nilabas. Hahahaha memasulat lang.

  • Jay June 21, 2017 at 2:47 am

    Alam mo may problema dito sa list mo. Wala kang valid references, walang credible data. Napaka irresponsible ng pagsusulat mo hija, educate yourself first before playing around the web with your gadgets.

  • Gen May 13, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    How come Apollo Quiboloy did not make it to the list?

  • Tukmol March 11, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    Where is the son of God Apollo Abuloy and beloved evangelist na nag ayuno sa basilan?

  • Elpo February 25, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    Most of so called God fearing Pastors are actually using religions to make money. Followers of these corrupt {astors are naive that they think that those Pastors are their way to salvation. God will judge us based on our deeds and I am pretty sure that those money making Pastors will go straight to hell.

  • Katherine August 25, 2016 at 2:36 am

    There’s money is religion! Haha

    • Charlie Pelaez August 25, 2016 at 4:43 am

      That’s true. If only we’ve known sooner. 🙂


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