Joel Osteen is a famous preacher and the pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. His sermons broadcast through television are seen by more than 7 million viewers every week and reached 20 million people every month across 100 countries. He owned the nickname, “The Smiling Preacher” and Osteen’s televised sermons were broadcast 24 hours a day on Sirius XM Satellite Radio, Channel 128. Usually, Osteen delivers his sermons in sold out stadiums and sports arenas.
Apart from being a preacher, Osteen also shared his work through his books. His first book, Your Best Life Now that was published in 2004, was top of the New York Times Best Seller list for more than 200 weeks. His second book, Become A Better You, had a first printing of 4 million copies, also went into the New York Times Best Seller list.
After the publication of his first book, Your Best Life Now, Joel Osteen was named as one of the “Ten Most Fascinating People” by ABC News and was stated as inspiration by a former presidential candidate, John McCain. The book became Joel’s major work and gained the merit as ‘the fastest-selling non-fiction book in the publishing history’.
With 60,000 church members, Osteen is likely running the largest religious organization throughout America. The church’s annual revenue is estimated at $70 million and in 2012, Osteen has a net worth of about $56 million.
As a senior pastor, he did not draw any salary from his church. Instead, he acquires his income from his book sales. In 2012, the then president Barrack Obama invited Joel Osteen and family to attend the Easter Breakfast at the White House. Besides that, Osteen was also featured in numerous TV shows and interviewed by many, such as the CNN Larry King Live, The Christian Post, CBN News, Texas Monthly, and more.