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List of Richest Pastors in Brazil Prompts White House Petition

(UPDATED) Top-earner: UCKG founder Edir Macedo, whose autobiography just made U.S. debut.

Update (Feb. 18): The New York Timesreports on the long lines (and controversy) for the release of Macedo's autobiography.


Protestants are increasingly taking over and influencing Brazil's religious landscape, making it a profitable time to be a Pentecostal pastor in the world's largest Catholic nation.

According to Forbes, "prosperity theology" has allowed some pastors to hit the financial jackpot. Forbes reports that Edir Macedo, founder of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG), is worth nearly $1 billion. Last Saturday, his autobiography made its American debut.

The news prompted disgruntled Americans to file a petition with the White House, asking the U.S. and Brazilian governments to investigate Macedo for "scandals allegedly draining money away specifically based for charity."

Other richest pastors in Brazil include UCKG's Valdemiro Santiago (estimated net worth: $220 million compared to Macedo's $950 million); Silas Malafaia, the former leader of Brazil's largest Pentecostal ...

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