Posted by: Damon Whitsell | August 4, 2015

“Pastor” Joel Osteen by the Numbers and Statistics.

SOURCE: Last year, business blogger Brandon Gaille assembled a nifty graphic breaking down how Houston megachurch pastor Joel Osteen of Lakewood Church rose to become one of the most influential Christians in America today. Some of the more interesting factoids include:

  • $56.5 million – Reported net worth.

    $56.5 million – Reported net worth. Photo: Cooper Neill, Getty Images / 2013 Cooper Neill

    Photo: Cooper Neill, Getty Images
  • 1999 – Year Joel Osteen took over Lakewood for his deceased father John Osteen.

    1999 – Year Joel Osteen took over Lakewood for his deceased father John Osteen. Photo: Lakewood Church / handout

    Photo: Lakewood Church
  • 8,000 – Members of Lakewood the year Osteen took the helm of Lakewood.

    8,000 – Members of Lakewood the year Osteen took the helm of Lakewood. Photo: Manuel M. Chavez, Houston Chronicle / Houston Post files

    Photo: Manuel M. Chavez, Houston Chronicle
  • 43,500 – Members of Lakewood Church, making it the largest megachurch body in America. (Second place North Point Ministries in Alpharetta, Georgia has 30,629.)

    43,500 – Members of Lakewood Church, making it the largest megachurch body in America. (Second place North Point Ministries in Alpharetta, Georgia has 30,629.) Photo: Billy Smith II, Houston Chronicle / Houston Chronicle

    Photo: Billy Smith II, Houston Chronicle
  • 16,000 – seating capacity of Osteen’s basketball arena-turned-church, Lakewood. The former Compaq Center was home to the world champion Houston Rockets squads of the 1990s.

    16,000 – seating capacity of Osteen's basketball arena-turned-church, Lakewood. The former Compaq Center was home to the world champion Houston Rockets squads of the 1990s. Photo: Nick De La Torre, Houston Chronicle / © 2010 Houston Chronicle

    Photo: Nick De La Torre, Houston Chronicle
  • $70 million – Lakewood’s reported annual budget.

    $70 million – Lakewood's reported annual budget. Photo: Nick De La Torre, Houston Chronicle / © 2010 Houston Chronicle

    Photo: Nick De La Torre, Houston Chronicle
  • $0 – Osteen’s reported salary from Lakewood.

    $0 – Osteen's reported salary from Lakewood. Photo: Dominic Burke, Getty Images / (c) Dominic Burke

    Photo: Dominic Burke, Getty Images
  • $55 million – Reported sales of his five best-selling books and other works.

    $55 million – Reported sales of his five best-selling books and other works. Photo: Jeffrey Ufberg, WireImage / 2011 Jeffrey Ufberg

    Photo: Jeffrey Ufberg, WireImage
  • $30 million – Reported amount of donations mailed in each year.

    $30 million – Reported amount of donations mailed in each year. Photo: Justin Sullivan, Getty Images / 2011 Getty Images

    Photo: Justin Sullivan, Getty Images
  • 5 – Continents on which Osteen has spoken in stadiums: North America, Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe. (Be on the lookout South America and Antarctica).

    5 – Continents on which Osteen has spoken in stadiums: North America, Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe. (Be on the lookout South America and Antarctica). Photo: The Washington Post, The Washington Post/Getty Images / 2011 The Washington Post

    Photo: The Washington Post, The Washington Post/Getty Images
  • $0 – Amount Lakewood contributes to his hotel bills. Osteen reportedly always picks up the tab out of his own pocket.

    $0 – Amount Lakewood contributes to his hotel bills. Osteen reportedly always picks up the tab out of his own pocket. Photo: Peter Dazeley, Getty Images / (c) Peter Dazeley

    Photo: Peter Dazeley, Getty Images
  • 7.1 million – ‘Likes’ of the Joel Osteen Ministries Facebook page. After America, the countries with the most fans are Kenya, South Africa, the Phillipines, Nigeria and Canada.

    7.1 million – 'Likes' of the Joel Osteen Ministries Facebook page. After America, the countries with the most fans are Kenya, South Africa, the Phillipines, Nigeria and Canada. Photo: Dimitri Vervitsiotis, Getty Images / (c) Dimitri Vervitsiotis

    Photo: Dimitri Vervitsiotis, Getty Images
  • 2.69 million – Followers on Twitter. Since joining in February 2009, he has tweeted 11,200 times, posted 24 photos and videos and is following 160 other Twitter users.

    2.69 million – Followers on Twitter. Since joining in February 2009, he has tweeted 11,200 times, posted 24 photos and videos and is following 160 other Twitter users. Photo: Bethany Clarke, Getty Images / 2013 Getty Images

    Photo: Bethany Clarke, Getty Images
  • 2.5 million – Copies reportedly sold of his first book, “Your Best Life Now.”

    2.5 million – Copies reportedly sold of his first book, "Your Best Life Now."

  • 7+ million – Weekly viewers of Osteen’s TV ministry.

    7+ million – Weekly viewers of Osteen's TV ministry. Photo: Nick De La Torre, Houston Chronicle / © 2010 Houston Chronicle

    Photo: Nick De La Torre, Houston Chronicle
  • 17 – Years worked in production of his father’s TV ministry.

    17 – Years worked in production of his father's TV ministry. Photo: Pam Francis, Getty Images / Pam Francis 2005

    Photo: Pam Francis, Getty Images
  • 3 – Osteen’s rank among most popular TV evangelists, behind Billy Graham (pictured) and Rick Warren.

    3 – Osteen's rank among most popular TV evangelists, behind Billy Graham (pictured) and Rick Warren. Photo: Mario Tama, Getty Images / 2005 Getty Images

    Photo: Mario Tama, Getty Images
  • 10.5 million – weekly downloads of Osteen’s podcast on iTunes.

    10.5 million – weekly downloads of Osteen's podcast on iTunes.

 Photo: Alan Tucker, Getty Images/Flickr RF / Flickr RF

    Photo: Alan Tucker, Getty Images/Flickr RF
  • 100+ – Nations in which Osteen’s TV ministry is broadcast.

  • $43 million – Amount his services reportedly net each year.

    $43 million – Amount his services reportedly net each year. Photo: Design Pics / SW Productions, Getty Images / (c) Design Pics / SW Productions

    Photo: Design Pics / SW Productions, Getty Images

 

 

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