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Spiritual leaders have provided inspiration and guidance to humankind through the ages. Some of them insist on living lives of moderation and even poverty. But not all of them. Some have contrived to amass considerable wealth as they minister to spiritual needs. Read on to find out about some of the devotional leaders who’ve managed to accumulate large amounts of worldly possessions.

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20. Charles Stanley

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Charles Frazier Stanley came into the world in 1932 in Dry Fork, Virginia. He’d not yet reached his first birthday when his father died. Indeed, his website states that, “Dr. Stanley’s earliest childhood memories are of God’s support during the difficult circumstances following the death of his father.” He’s said to have become a born-again Christian at the tender age of 12. Just a couple of years later, when he was still only 14, he decided on a career as a preacher.

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