Who is Joel Osteen and what is his net worth 2018? Joel Scott Osteen, known to many in the world as Joel Osteen is an American televangelist based in the United States of America. He is currently the senior pastor at the Lakewood Church that is located in Houston, Texas. Joel is known worldwide, having his sermons televised and being viewed by millions of people around the world every week, with an estimated 6.5 million and more viewers weekly translating to over 20 million viewers every month.
Joel Osteen was born in the year 1963 on the 5th of March in Houston, Texas to John Osteen and Dolores Pilgrim Osteen. Joel’s father, John Osteen was also a Pastor, serving as a pastor in Southern Baptist before starting the Lakewood Church. It is upon his death in the year 1999 as a result of a heart attack that Joel took up the position of senior pastor in the church. Joel has 5 siblings namely Justin, Paul, Tamara, Lisa, and April.
Interestingly, Joel Osteen went to the University of Oral Roberts in Oklahoma but he never graduated. While there he studied television and radio communications and when he returned to Houston he started working on his father’s sermon and televising them. He preferred working in the background and it was not until the year 1999 in January that he gave his first sermon after his father convinced him over time.
Joel married Victoria Osteen, his wife, in the year 1987 on the 4th of April and together they have two children, one daughter and one son. Their son’s name is Jonathan Osteen while their daughters name is Alexandra Osteen. His preaching style is admired by many but the same time it has been criticised by many. His sermons are more focused on God’s goodness as opposed to sin and some criticise this as prosperity gospel.
Joel Osteen as also a well-known author and 20 of his books have made it to The New York Times best seller list, with one particular book, Your Best Life Now, having stayed on the list for more than 180 weeks. He has written numerous books and some of his well-known books include; Your Best Life Now, Become A Better You, Every Day a Friday, I Declare, You Can You Will, The Power of I Am, It’s Your Time, Break Out and many more.
He says his books are mainly based on sermons he has given in church, and similar to his style of preaching, most of his books are about encouragement, and self-improvement as well as having faith in God and prosperity. Joel has been quotes severally saying that one should not be ashamed of being wealthy and having a lot, but rather, one should always rejoice and thank God for His blessings.
Joel Osteen Net Worth
As a well-known and highly ranked writer, Joel Osteen earns a great deal of money from his writing and his books sell well with some selling millions of copies. He does not draw any salary from the church currently, having gotten a salary of $200,000 earlier but he stopped this after his books started making him good money and now, he relies on his books to make money. He has made an estimated net worth of $44 million just from the sales of only his top five best-selling books as well as some other works such as journals.
Apart from this, there are numerous people who send cash donations not only to the church but to Joel Osteen himself and it is estimated that every year, about $30 million is sent as donations through mail alone. It is clear that most of his money comes from his books with his first book alone selling over 2 million copies.
Some of the prime assets owned by Joel Osteen include his former and current home. Joel and his family used to live in Tangle wood before moving to a mansion in River Oaks. The house in Tangle wood is worth an estimated $2.9 million while their current home is worth an estimated $10.5 million. The house with six bedrooms each having its own bathroom sits on a large piece of land and it has attracted some criticism as to how much Joel Osteen has, however, Joel still responds to critics saying that there is no sin in being blessed but rather he thanks God for the blessing of wealth.
Joel Osteen and his family further owned a vacant lot which was put up for sale, sitting on half an acre, the lot was selling for a reported $1.1 million. Currently, Joel Osteen has a net worth of about $44 million with the majority of it coming from his book sales since he stopped getting a salary from the church in the year 2005.
Joel Osteen is a wealthy televangelist who has been a senior preacher for over 15 years since the year 1999 after he took up preaching duties at the Lakewood church in Texas following the death of his father. Joel attracts admiration as well as criticism for his preaching style; however, he still managed to more than double the number of people attending the church.
With an estimated $44 million worth of book sales under his name, Joel is a well-respected author and he earns most of his money through book sales. His motivational and inspirational books are based on his sermons and he is considered to be a prosperity preacher.