Franklin Graham, an American Christian evangelist and a missionary, is the president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) and of Samaritan’s Purse. Considered, one of the richest pastors in the world, Graham is the son of the late evangelist Billy Graham, who owned $25 million at the time of death.
Apart from being a public speaking preacher, Graham has been in highlights for his remarks on Islam along with the 2003 Invasion of Iraq. Moreover, Franklin’s comment on former President Barack Obama as well as his support for the running President Donald Trump- strongly opposed Trump’s impeachment, has gained him notable media attraction.
How Much Is The Net Worth Of Franklin Graham?
Ever since Graham became the president of Samaritan’s Purse in 1979, along with duties in charity works, the massive sum has come forward in his doors. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Franklin Graham owns the net worth of $10 million as of December 2019.
Since 2000, the 57-year-old evangelist is serving as the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and became its president in 2002. The Samaritan’s Purse CEO performs charity programs such as Operation Christmas Child and the Children’s Heart Project on the behalf of the organization.
As reported in 2014, Franklin became the highest-paid Samaritan’s Purse employee with an annual salary of $622,252, and now receives increased retirement contributions along with regular salary.
In the United States, an evangelist earns a salary in the range of $87,791- $121,674 per year.
As for a fact, the evangelical humanitarian organization Samaritan’s Purse, which operates in more than 100 countries, made a gross revenue of $709 million in December 2018, including $39 million Government support, $664 million in private donations and $6 million other income.
The organization spent $603 million charitable services, $34 million in management and $50 million in fundraising.
In 2015, Samaritan’s Purse made $461 million in revenue while the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) recorded the revenue of $110 million.
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Did you know? In 2010, Samaritan’s Purse made a receipt of $414,031,085 but during the economic downturn in 2013 and 2014, the organization made only $106.5 million and $112,893,788 respectively.
Controversy & Questions In Massive Earnings
After Franklin Graham became CEO and President of Samaritan’s Purse and BGEA, many questioned about one person to perform two full-time jobs leading organizations rose up. In 2009, he took a full salary from both organizations which totaled $1.2 million in compensation.
Even though the American evangelist gave up his salary from BGEA, later, in 2015, it was revealed that he again took full-salary from the organizations & was criticized as Graham’s annual compensation was much more than that of other CEOs of larger non-profit organizations.
Moreover, the evangelist was required to re-report deferred retirement contributions by IRS.
Is An Author Of 18 Books
Along with public speaking, Graham got prominence in writing and has written 18 books so far, including best-sellers The Name (2002), Living Beyond the Limits (1998), and his autobiography, Rebel With a Cause (1995).
In 1983, Franklin released in his first book Bob Pierce: This One Thing I Do with Jeanette Lockerbie, which features Robert Pierce, an evangelist, and international relief, who founded Samaritan’s Purse.
Some of his books include:
- Bob Pierce: This One Thing I Do (1983)
- Miracle in a Shoe Box (1995)
- Rebel With A Cause: Finally Comfortable Being Graham (1995)
- Living Beyond the Limits: A Life in Sync with God (1998)
- The Name (2002)
- Kids Praying for Kids (2003)
- All for Jesus (2003)
- A Wing and a Prayer (2005)
- The Sower (2012)
- Through My Father’s Eyes (2018)
A Frequent Face Of Controversies:
Over the years, Franklin Graham has been in numerous controversies from comments on Islamic beliefs to the opposition of indiction of Sudan’s Al-Bashir and the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
Here are some:
- Made Bad Remarks On Islam In Wake Of 2003 Invasion Of Iraq: Back in 2003, during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Graham made negative comments on the beliefs of Islam and even more, recalled the September 11th attack, that got him into controversy. In 2010, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation and CAIR canceled his invitation from National Day of Prayer Task Force.
- Opposed Indiction Of Omar Hassan al-Bashir: Franklin Graham, in 2009, opposed the indication of Sudanese president Omar Hassan al-Bashir and became media limelight. He stated the action would break the 2005 peace treaty.
- Claims on Second Coming of Christ: After the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the evangelist made remarks on the second coming of Jesus Christ during an interview with Newsmax, and even more, destruction of the world comparing it with Armageddon.
- Apologized For Inappropriate Comments To Obama: In an interview with CNN, Franklin stated the doubt about Obama being a Christian and even more, commented on his family background. Also, he talked on possible influence administration decisions after Obama became the US President. Later, Graham apologized to Barack Obama.
- Opposed Impeachment Of Donald Trump: A supporter of Donald Trump administration, Franklin strongly opposed the impeachment of Donald Trump in late 2019, calling it “unjust inquisition.”
Franklin Graham Short-Bio
Graham was born William Franklin Graham III on July 14, 1952, in Asheville, North Carolina, the USA. His parents Billy Graham and Ruth Graham were evangelists. He is the 4th of 5 children, has 3 elder sisters: Anne Graham Lotz, Gigi Graham and Ruth Graham; and a younger brother named Ned Graham.
The Stony Brook School attendant went to LeTourneau College and was expelled; later, he enrolled at Montreat College in 1974 with an AS and obtained BA from the Appalachian State University in 1978.
Father Of 4 Children & 11 Grandchildren
Franklin enjoys blissful married life with his wife Jane Austin Cunningham, ever since they exchanged vows in 1974. The duo shares 4 children together: William Franklin Graham IV (born in 1975), Roy Austin Graham (1977), Edward Bell Graham (1979) and Jane Austin Graham Lynch (1986).
The American evangelist has 11 grandchildren; his son William has 3 children with his wife Kendra: daughters Christine Jane & Rachel Austin and a son William Franklin Graham V.
Graham’s daughter Jane Lynch is married to Corey Lynch, a former National Football League safety.