David Miscavige is the Chairman of the Board of Religious Technology Center (RCT) and ecclesiastical leader of the Church of Scientology. Formerly, the deputy to church founder L. Ron Hubbard, David now has the leadership of the church since 1987 following Hubbard’s death.
Without a doubt, David’s devoted work for RCT & Church lay hand on massive media attention, but also numerous allegations & critics on him are no exception to the press as well including physical distress to staff of the church & his own relationship with family members.
How Much Is David Miscavige’s Net Worth In 2020?
Devoted for Scientology since a teen in the late 70s, David, over the years has become a topic for numerous controversial issues. Amid these claims (yet to prove), 59-year-old Miscavige sees himself with a net worth of $1.5 million as of February 2020.
Surely, a deputy-turned-leader of Church of Scientology and as Chairman for Board of Religious Technology Center (RCT), David Miscavige gets hands in a considerable sum of money- allegedly in the 6-digit figure, though, keeps it low-key.
The Glassdoor reports the average salary at the Church of Scientology ranges from $16,768 to $18,165 per year.
David’s career in Scientology came up after he left high school & joined Sea Org, a Scientologist religious order.
Thereafter, Miscavige worked under the Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard & later established the Religious Technology Center in 1982. Eventually, he would become the leader of the Church of Scientology.
Was A Cameraman for Scientology Training-Films: Is Now-Leader Of Scientology Church
Inspired by his father’s interest in Scientology, David along with his other family joined the Church of Scientology in 1971. By his 16th birthday, in 1976, Miscavige left his high school & joined Sea Org in Clearwater, Florida to work as delivering telexes, food service & taking photographs.
Thereafter, the Pennsylvania-born worked under Hubbard as a cameraman for Scientology training films, in La Quinta, California, before he was appointed to Commodore’s Messenger Organization (CMO)- became its head in 1979.
By 1981, David was in charge of the Watchdog Committee and the All Clear Unit, designated to handle legal claims on Hubbard.
His success forged even more after he founded the Religious Technology Center (RTC) in 1982 & subsequently became Chairman of the Board, which would oversee trademarks & copyright of the Church Of Scientology.
After L. Ron Hubbard died in 1986, David took over the leadership of the Church of Scientology, however, numerous media attracting drama were on the scenes though.
Alleged Claims When David Took Leadership Of Church of Scientology
Soon after Hubbard’s death, many things were going-round across Sea Org that included Scientologist Pat Broeker and his wife’s promotion to the new rank of Loyal Officer.
However, David came up with a conclusion of fraud order asserted & rather became the head; ultimately a highest-ranking member of the Sea Org amid the claims of came forced separation of family members for self-proceeds.
Reportedly, he once had pursued Hubbard’s 3rd wife Mary Sue Hubbard to resign (though she changed her mind).
What Is David Miscavige Currently Doing?
As the head of the Church of Scientology, David currently operates from the church’s Gold Base in Hemet, California. He appears as a master of ceremonies in the church professionally produced videos to communicate with Scientologist.
Under his leadership, Miscavige launched Ideal Orgs, an idea to build new or renovate Churches of Scientology across major cities of the world, that included Madrid, Mexico City, London & Washington, D.C.- totals over 70 new built & remodeled churches.
In 2011, the Church of Scientologist leader completed Flag Building, which seeks to provide a high-level Scientology training course, that inaugurated on November 17, 2013.
Moreover, the church also makes Scientology-based streams through DIRECTV broadcast and OTT platform Scientology Network since 2018.
Did you know? David represented Scientology Organization to recognize them as non-profit organizations in the eye of Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in 1991 & after 2-year long negotiations, Scientology ultimately was recognized as non-profit.
Numerous Physical Harassment Claims
Despite being in huge limelight as the leader of the Church of Scientology, David Miscavige is barely free from controversial issues.
- Allegations of illegal & unethical practices by Miscavige & Scientology by a pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly in 1991, which David stated a vengeance after their comments on their product Prozac. The church filed a lawsuit against Eli Lilly & its parent company The WPP Group which settled for an undisclosed amount.
- In 2009, in the series named The Truth Rundown published by St. Petersburg Times, many former high-ranking executives of Scientology alleged David of physical harassment to his church staff. It was no different than Hubbard’s ex-wife Robert Vaughn Young’s claims on David’s character, during the 1995 interview for ITV.
However, many church representatives state those allegations as a hook to acquire money from church or due to bitterness for fragmentation of their desire.
Despite all these discussions hiking in the media over the years, David rarely has spoken about it publicly & also no proof to strengthen that allegation ever came up.
Married Life Barely Tackles Controversy Too
David is in a marital relationship with Michele Diane Barnett aka Shelly; they married on December 30, 1982.
His wife Shelly, a fellow Sea Org member is not public since August 2007 which led rumors to surface; among which her disappearance from Gold Base after she filled several job vacancies without David’s permission took a massive interest in the media; it push-buttoned the past allegation of physical violence claims on David.
However, in July 2012, representatives of Shelly stated that Mrs. MisCavige is not missing & devotes herself to Scientology, avoiding public interactions.
As for a fact, David & Shelly are yet to share children.
Did you know? David served as Best Man at Tom Cruise‘s wedding to now-former wife Katie Holmes in 2006.
Family Members Once Were All Devoted To Scientology
David Miscavige was born on April 30, 1960, in Bristol, Pennsylvania, the USA to Ron and Loretta Miscavige. He grew up in a Roman Catholic Polish-Italian family alongside elder brother Ronald Miscavige Jr. and twin sisters: Denise & Licciardi.
After joining the Church of Scientology, David’s family moved to Saint Hill Manor, England in 1971.
His brother Ronald once served as an executive in the Sea Org, before leaving in 2000. Moreover, Miscavige’s niece Jenna Miscavige Hill formerly worked for Sea Org.
As for a fact, his father & Scientologist Ron left the Church in 2012.