Billy Graham Net Worth

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Billy Graham net worth is
$25 Million

Billy Graham Wiki Biography

William Franklin Graham Jr., was born on the 7th November 1918, in Charlotte, North Carolina USA, of part-Scottish descent, and was a preacher, considered to be the father of American evangelism. Graham was initially ordained as a Southern Baptist minister, but Billy became the first television preacher, who first rose to the fame for his preaching at New York’s Madison Square Garden arena. His sermons were delivered to 210 million people in 185 countries, often to huge audiences in sports stadia and with the aid of interpreters. He wrote more than 30 books, most of which became best-sellers.  He passed away in 2018.

How much was Billy Graham’s net worth? It has been estimated by authoritative sources that his wealth was over $25 million, as of today – accumulated during his career in the ministry which spanned over seven decades.

Billy Graham Net Worth $25 Million

Billy was raised on a farm near Charlotte, with his three siblings. He was educated at Sharon High School, then entered Bob Jones College, but dropped out of it to study at the Florida Bible Institute. While still studying he founded his own ministry, as he was ordained to be a pastor by the United Gospel Tabernacle. Meanwhile, Graham did his duties as a pastor in the First Baptist Church located in Western Springs, Illinois, though he served there only from 1943 to 1944. However, the net worth and popularity of Billy Graham jumped after his appearances on the mass/media.

The pastor made his debut launching the radio program entitled “Songs In the Night” (1944–1945), however it was not successful, and due to the low ratings it was closed. Later, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association was founded, which launched a number of television and radio programs, and released films which made the pastor not only famous but also rich; the association launched magazines too. Among the most significant works were the radio program “Hour of Decision” which was aired for more than 50 years on various radio stations all over the world; the magazines “Decision” and “Christianity Today” (1956–present) with a current circulation of 130,000; the website created for youth, and more than 130 films produced by World Wide Pictures, the film production and distribution company founded by Graham in 1951.

The authority of Billy Graham was so great that he became the spiritual advisor for American presidents including Dwight D. Eisenhower, Lyndon Johnson as well as Richard Nixon. Billy Graham is the author of many books which became bestsellers. Among the most popular ones are “The Jesus Generation” (1971), “Angels: God’s Secret Agents” (1975, 1985), “How to Be Born Again” (1977), “Just As I Am: The Autobiography of Billy Graham” (1997, 2007) and “The Reason for My Hope: Salvation” (2013).

As a very honourable person, Billy Graham is the recipient of various awards and honours, and it should be noted that he was annually listed and honoured in the Greatest Living American survey. Among the most important awards he has received are the American Academy of Achievement’s Golden Plate Award (1965), Sylvanus Thayer Award from United States Military Academy Association of Graduates at West Point (1972), Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award (1983), Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honour Congress can bestow on a private citizen (1996), and Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE), for his international contribution to civic and religious life over 60 years (2001).

Last, but not the least, in the personal life of the pastor, Billy Graham married his high school sweetheart Ruth Bell in 1943, and they lived together for 64 years until her death in 2007; they had five children, among them Franklin Graham, the president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Billy Graham was the grandfather of 19 grandchildren and a number of great grandchildren.

Billy Graham died on 21 February 2018 in Montreat, North Carolina of natural causes, at the age of 99.


Full NameBilly Graham
Net Worth$25 Million
Date Of BirthNovember 7, 1918
Died21 February 2018
Place Of BirthCharlotte, North Carolina, United States
Height6 ft 1 in (1.87 m)
ProfessionEvangelist, Actor, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Preacher, Pastor
EducationBob Jones University, Trinity College, Wheaton College
SpouseRuth Graham (m. 1943–2007)
ChildrenFranklin Graham, Anne Graham Lotz, Ned Graham, Gigi Graham, Ruth Graham
ParentsWilliam Franklin, Morrow Franklin
SiblingsKatherine Graham
NicknamesWilliam Franklin Graham, Jr. , Rev. Billy Graham , Reverand Billy Graham , The Reverand Billy Graham , Billy , Dr. Billy Graham , William Franklin "Billy" Graham, Jr. , Billi Gŭreham , Billi Kŭreham , Bili Graham
AwardsAmerican Academy of Achievement's Golden Plate Award (1965), Sylvanus Thayer Award from United States Military Academy Association of Graduates at West Point (1972), Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award (1983), Congressional Gold Medal (1996), Honorary Knight Commander ...
Movies, Man in the 5th Dimension, Billy Graham
TV ShowsHour of Decision, Billy Graham
1The song "Just As I Am" is played when people responde to the alter calls at the end of his Crusades
2Sermons on salvation and God's love
3Holds evangelic revival meetings, known as Crusades
4Sometimes wears glasses
5North Carolina accent
6Long lectures about Jesus Christ
1[Who considers himself as a failure] I am the greatest failure of all men. I was too much with men and too little with God. I was too busy with business meetings and even conducting services. I should have been more with God, and people would've sensed God's presence about me when they were with me.
2God loves homosexuals as much as anyone else. I think homosexuality is a sin, but no greater than idolatry and adultery. In my judgment, is not that big.
3[focused on the Heart] Don't ever hesitate to take to [God] whatever is on your heart. He already knows it anyway, but He doesn't want you to bear its pain or celebrate its joy alone.
4[on Salvation] Is it not arrogance or narrow-mindedness to claim that there is only one way of salvation or that the way we follow is the right way? I think not. After all, do we fault a pilot for being narrow-minded when he follows the instrument panel [while] landing in a rainstorm? No, we want him to remain narrowly focused!
5[on love] God proved his love on the cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died it was God saying to the world - I love you.
6We sometimes forget that some of the loneliest people in the world are those who are constantly in the public eye. They have spiritual needs like everyone else.
7[9/11 sermon] The dead are in paradise and would not return to us if they could.
8[on forgiveness] If His conditions are met, God is bound by His Word to forgive any man or any woman of any sin because of Christ.
9[on church] Churchgoers are like coals of fire. When they cling together, they keep the flame aglow; when they separate, they die out.
10[1993] Is AIDS a judgment of God? I could not say for sure, but I think so.
1His hobbies are: golfing, fishing, praying, traveling, spending time with his family, reading, origami, sewing, photography, philanthropy, magic tricks and playing games.
2At his 65th birthday, one of his guests was his best friend, Robert H. Schuller, who after being invited, sat in the front row of distinguished guests. [7 November 1983].
3Did not attend the funeral of his lifelong best friend's Robert H. Schuller, in California, due to his frailing health.
4His son, Franklin Graham, was named after him, and his grandfather.
5Met George Beverly Shea, in 1943, when he first sang for him on the Chicago radio hymn program, "Songs in the Night." Shea carried the Gospel in song to every continent and every state in the Union. Despite being nearly a decade apart, the two would be best friends for 70 years, until Shea's own death in 2013.
6After one semester of Bob Jones College, he found it too legalistic in both coursework and rules. At this time, he was influenced and inspired by Pastor Charley Young from Eastport Bible Church. He was almost expelled, but Bob Jones, Sr., the founder of the college, had warned him not to throw his life away.
7The Billy Graham Library and Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina is dedicated. Former Presidents George Bush, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter attend. [31 May 2007].
8Preaching runs in his family.
9Prior to his retirement, and with substantial vision along with hearing loss, made a rare public appearance at the re-dedication of the renovated Billy Graham Library.
10One of his daughters, Anne Graham Lotz, found her husband drowned in their pool. He was later taken to the Intensive Care Unit in the hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her husband and his son-in-law, Danny Lotz, had suffered from diabetes, beginning in 2009, who has been undergoing dialysis, until he passed away. [19 August 2015].
11Was baptized at age 20, in Silver Lake, Florida.
12Prior to his retirement, he spoke at the Metro Maryland Franklin Graham Festival, held in Baltimore, Maryland, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. [9 July 2006].
13Graham stated that feminism was "an echo of our overall philosophy of permissiveness", and that women did not want to be "competitive juggernauts pitted against male chauvinists." He further stated that the role of wife, mother, and homemaker was the destiny of "real womanhood" according to the Judeo-Christian ethic. He was criticized by feminists as being part of a backlash for these statements. [1970].
14He, along with his family, moved from about 75 yards (69 m) from their white frame house, to a newly-built red brick home in Charlotte, North Carolina, when in 1927, Graham was only 8-years-old.
15The first non-musician and the oldest televangelist ever to be inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
16Between 1947 and 2005, Graham conducted more than 400 crusades in 185 countries and territories on six continents.
17Served as the Founder of World Wide Pictures (founding dates vary from 1950-1952). To date, he has currently produced and distributed over 130 productions, translated into 46 languages. Most are short films shown in churches.
18Was converted at age 15, during a series of revival meetings in Charlotte, North Carolina, led by Ham.
19Was the first Protestant to receive an honorary degree from Belmont Abbey College, a Roman Catholic school.
20Was hospitalized for 11 days for evaluation and treatment of intestinal bleeding. [18 August 2007].
21As of 2005, he has repeatedly been on Gallup's list of Most Admired Men and Women. He has appeared on the list 55 times since 1955 (including 49 consecutive years), more than any other individual in the world.
22Spoke at the memorial service following the Oklahoma City bombing. [1995].
23During the Apartheid era, Graham consistently refused to visit South Africa until its government allowed integrated seating for audiences. During his first crusade there in 1973, he openly denounced apartheid. Graham also corresponded with imprisoned South African leader Nelson Mandela during the latter's 27-year sentence.
24In 1924, when Billy was only 5, he focused on the outdoors, but rarely did he walk, he was running and zooming.
25At 29, he resigned from Youth for Christ to focus on his studies at Northwestern University.
26Was hospitalized for six days to replace a valve in a shunt designed to regulate brain pressure. [13 February 2008].
27Graham is the first televangelist ever to become friends of the many U.S. Presidents, the second was his best friend Robert Schuller.
28Founder of the magazine Christianity Today.
29Founder of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, which first headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, then relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1999.
30Has preached to over 215 million people in more than 185 countries and territories.
31He attended Sharon Grammar School.
32His lifelong best friend Dr. Robert H. Schuller's television show, The Hour of Power (1970), was based on 'The Hour of Decision,' a radio show that was hosted by Graham, himself.
33His sister, Catherine Graham McElroy, passed away on October 14, 2006, and lived to be 86.
34He visited fellow pastor, Dr. Robert H. Schuller, in Anaheim, California, for a meeting to do a proposed Sunday Morning religious show for Graham's best buddy, which would eventually be called: The Hour of Power (1970), a show Schuller had hosted for 40 years, until his retirement in 2010.
35Is the best-selling author of over 35 books.
36Granduncle of Jeff, Kristi and Jamie.
37Son of strict Presbyterians, William Franklin Graham, Sr., and Morrow Coffey Graham.
38Before he was a successful televangelist, he worked briefly as a pastor of First Baptist Church in Western Springs, Illinois.
39His lifelong best friend's, Robert H. Schuller's son, Robert A. Schuller, attended Billy's 95th Birthday, at Graham's Evangelist Association, in Charlotte, North Carolina. [7 November 2013].
40He came down very sick with mumps and went to Florida to recuperate. While there, his friend Torrey Johnson told him that he wanted to create Youth for Christ International, and wanted Graham to take a leading role. The Village Church accepted his resignation. He began preaching extensively, apparently mostly in the eastern half of the United States.
41Uncle of John and Cathie.
42During the Cold War, Graham became the first evangelist of note to speak behind the Iron Curtain, addressing large crowds in countries throughout Eastern Europe and in the Soviet Union, calling for peace.
43Became a minister since he was 19.
44He is known to be a very private person.
45Before he was a successful televangelist, he used to work for Mr. Corwin, as a preacher and a speaker in Tampa, Florida.
46His wife, Ruth Bell Graham, died on June 14, 2007, just 4 days after her 87th Birthday.
47Retired as the presenter of The Billy Graham Crusades, in 2005, at age 86.
48Was offered a five-year, $1 million contract from NBC to appear on television opposite Arthur Godfrey, but he turned it down in favor of continuing his touring revivals because of his prearranged commitments.
49Between 1948 and 1987, Graham was the speaker at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship's Urbana Student Missions Conference in St. Louis, Missouri.
50Had developed a close friendship with Martin Luther King, and that he was eventually one of the few people who referred to King as "Mike," a nickname which King asked only his closest friends to call him.
51Of Scottish descent.
52His very first evangelistic crusade took place in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
53Grandfather of Jonathan, Tullian, Murrow, Rachel-Ruth, William Franklin, Roy, Edward and Jane.
54Had lost his grandmother, Lucinda Coffey, when Graham was in elementary school, along with her sister. At that time, they were both called out of school.
55Was born only 4 days before the armistice of World War I, and one year to the day after the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia.
56Graduated from Sharon High School in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1936.
57By him, one of his grandsons, Tulian married his wife, Kim.
58Long lives run in his family.
59The eldest of four children.
60According to the biography "The Presidents and the Preacher," legendary producer Cecil D. DeMille originally offered the role of Samson in the epic Biblical classic Samson and Delilah to a young Billy Graham, then experiencing his first national fame as an evangelist. Graham turned the offer down flat, telling DeMille that he had no ambitions beyond his calling to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The director told Graham that he'd been certain that the young evangelist would refuse the offer, but that in actually doing so Graham had restored DeMille's faith.
61Born on and raised on a dairy farm in Charlotte, North Carolina.
62Friends with: Robert H. Schuller, George Beverly Shea, Oral Roberts, Jim Bakker, Tammy Faye Bakker, Rex Humbard, Jimmy Swaggart, Kenneth Copeland, Pat Robertson, Charles Stanley, Charles Swindoll, James Dobson, James Robison, Jack Van Impe, Joyce Meyer, Marilyn Hickey, Morris Cerullo, John Osteen, Roger Williams, Frank Sinatra, Amy Grant, Sandi Patty, Donald Trump, Ronald Reagan, Gene Autry, Evil Knievel, Phil McGraw, Mickey Rooney, Ruta Lee, Andy Williams, Chuck Norris and Della Reese.
63Expressed a belief that William Friedkin's film "The Exorcist" was infused with evil.
64Future Christian popular singers Michele Pillar and Michael O'Brien were childhood television heroes of Graham.
65Lifelong friend of Robert H. Schuller for 69 years, from 1946 until his comrade's death in 2015. Despite being eight years Graham's junior, Schuller met him, when Graham came as a preacher from Minnesota, to deliver an evangelistic message at the Hope College Chapel in Holland, Michigan.
66Release of his book, "Just As I Am: The Autobiography of Billy Graham". [1997]
67Lives in Montreat, North Carolina, in the same house he and his wife have lived in for over 50 years. Currently in the process of turning over his ministry to his son, Rev. Franklin Graham. [2006]
68He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Radio at 6901 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
69Has never allowed himself to be seen in public with any other woman, including his daughters, without wife Ruth Graham present.
70Revealed in his autobiography the conversations he had with Mickey Cohen during the 1949 Graham crusade in Los Angeles. Cohen was a notorious Los Angeles-based racketeer who died of natural causes in 1976. At the time of the JFK assassination in 1963, Cohen was the boyfriend of a Texas-based stripper named Juanita Sahakian who knew Jack Ruby.
71When briefly hospitalized late in 1976, President Gerald Ford, former President Richard Nixon and President-elect Jimmy Carter all visited him.
72He and his wife were jointly awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by President Bill Clinton in 1996.
73Is a registered Democrat, although he was considered politically conservative and was a close friend of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan.
74Awarded an honorary knighthood by the British government in the New Years Honours List of 2002.
75Apologized for his opinions on Jewish people and the news media, recorded on tape during conversations with President Richard Nixon at the White House thirty years ago. (3 March 2002).
76He was close friends with Johnny Cash.
77Has Parkinson's disease, prostate cancer, fluid on the brain and uses a walker due to a pelvic fracture in 2004. He has also been hospitalized with pneumonia, which has damaged his lungs.
78Harry S. Truman called him a "counterfeit" and publicity seeker. Singer Pat Boone considers him "the greatest man since Jesus".
79When he was a young boy, his father cured him of drinking alcohol by bringing home a bottle of beer and making him drink every drop. His father then told him, "If anyone ever tries to make you drink, tell them you've already tried it and you didn't like it!"
80Served as president of Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minnesota, from 1946 to 1949. To this day, he is the youngest person in U.S. history to serve as a sitting president of any U.S. college or university.
81Met his wife, Ruth Graham, during seminary training at Wheaton College.
82Has given prayer at inauguration of every U. S. President since Harry S. Truman. However, due to ill health he was unable to attend George W. Bush's first inauguration in 2001.
83Father of: Franklin Graham, Ned, Bunny, Gigi and Anne Graham Lotz.
84Before he was a successful televangelist, he used to worked as a Fuller Brush salesman to pay his way through college.
85Attended Bob Jones University in South Carolina for one year, then transferred to Florida Bible Institute.
86One of the most well-known Christian evangelists of the 20th century.


The Score2006TV Movie as Dr. Billy Graham
The Ride1997/IVoice on Radio (voice)
The Mighty Fortress1955ShortRev. Billy Graham
Oiltown, U.S.A.1953Billy Graham


Billy Graham Classic Crusades2001TV Series sermon - 2 episodes
The Mighty Fortress1955Short sermon


Facing Darkness2015Documentary executive producer post-production
The Restless Ones1965executive producer
Souls in Conflict1954producer


Take This Job and Shove It1981lyrics: "Beer Drinkin' Christian" / music: "Beer Drinkin' Christian"


Meet the Press1955-2013TV SeriesHimself
My Hope America with Billy Graham2013TV MovieHimself
Dear Mister President2006Documentary shortHimself
Thank You Billy Graham2006Video shortHimself
Larry King Live2004-2005TV SeriesHimself
Hannity & Colmes2005TV SeriesHimself
Billy Graham2003TV SeriesHimself
Billy Graham Classic Crusades2001TV SeriesHimself
Something to Sing About2000TV MovieHimself
The American President2000TV Series documentaryJames Garfield
A Vow to Cherish1999TV MovieHimself
George Beverly Shea: The Wonder of it All1999TV MovieHimself - Evangelist / Interviewee
The Homecoming1996Himself
Repeat Performance1996Himself
CNN Presents1995TV Series documentaryHimself - Reverend
Kathie Lee Gifford... Looking for Christmas1994TV MovieHimself
Crusade: The Life of Billy Graham1993TV Movie documentaryHimself
Caught1987Himself (uncredited)
Candle in the Wind1986TV Movie documentaryHimself
Cry from the Mountain1985Himself
The Prodigal1983Himself
George Burns Celebrates 80 Years in Show Business1983TV MovieHimself
Tomorrow Coast to Coast1981TV SeriesHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1971-1979TV SeriesHimself - Rev. Graham
Hee Haw1979TV SeriesHimself
Good Morning America1977-1979TV SeriesHimself
Mickey's 501978DocumentaryHimself
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1978TV SeriesHimself
Born Again1978Himself
The Cry of a Hurting World... I'm Hungry!1977TV Movie documentaryHimself
New York, New York1977TV SeriesHimself
Johnny Cash Christmas Special1976TV MovieHimself
No Longer Alone1976Himself
Dinah!1975TV SeriesHimself
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Bob Hope1974TV SpecialHimself (as Rev. Billy Graham)
The Merv Griffin Show1969-1974TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1967-1973TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Time to Run1973Himself (uncredited)
The David Frost Show1969-1971TV SeriesHimself
This Is Your Life1971TV SeriesHimself
The Johnny Cash Show1971TV SeriesHimself
The Dick Cavett Show1970TV SeriesHimself
The Woody Allen Special1969TV Special documentary
Firing Line1969TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Laugh-In1969TV SeriesHimself - Guest Performer
The Joey Bishop Show1968TV SeriesHimself
Two a Penny1967Himself
The Eamonn Andrews Show1966-1967TV SeriesHimself
I'm Going to Ask You to Get Up Out of Your Seat1966TV Movie documentaryHimself
For Pete's Sake1966Himself
The Restless Ones1965Himself
Man in the 5th Dimension1964DocumentaryNarrator
The Jack Paar Program1963TV SeriesHimself
The World's Greatest Showman: The Legend of Cecil B. DeMille1963TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Rev. Billy Graham)
The Jack Benny Program1963TV SeriesHimself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1959-1962TV SeriesHimself / Himself (film)
Project XX1961TV Series documentaryHimself
Shadow of the Boomerang1960Himself
What's My Line?1960TV SeriesHimself - Mystery Guest
The Heart Is a Rebel1958Himself
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1957TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Evangelist
Person to Person1956TV Series documentaryHimself
Souls in Conflict1954Himself
Texaco Star Theatre1951TV SeriesHimself - Evangelist
Hour of Decision1951TV SeriesHost

Archive Footage

On the Record w/ Brit Hume2014TV SeriesHimself
The Sixties2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - episode of Laugh-In
Hannity2014TV SeriesHimself
New World Order Bible Versions2014DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Praise the Lord2013TV SeriesHimself
After the Tribulation2012DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Of Chaos and Confusion: The Modern Church2012Video documentaryHimself
My Father and the Man in Black2012DocumentaryHimself
George Harrison: Living in the Material World2011DocumentaryHimself
War of the Gods2010DocumentaryHimself
Billy Graham: Forerunner for the Antichrist2010Video documentaryHimself
Sex in '69: The Sexual Revolution in America2009DocumentaryHimself
The Case for Faith2008Video documentaryHimself
The O'Reilly Factor2008TV SeriesHimself
Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project2007DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Entertainment Tonight2007TV SeriesHimself
Billy Graham: God's Ambassador2006Video documentaryHimself
Livin It: Unusual Suspects2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
With God on Our Side: George W. Bush and the Rise of the Religious Right in America2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Weather Underground2002DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
60 Minutes2001TV Series documentaryHimself - Evangelist (segment "The Preacher's Daughter")
Fred: The Movie2000DocumentaryHimself
American Masters1997TV Series documentaryHimself
Everyman1978-1997TV Series documentaryHimself
Biography1996TV Series documentaryHimself
Come the Morning1993Himself (on TV)
Eye of the Storm1992Himself
Jack Paar Comes Home1986TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Rock 'n' Roll Years1986TV SeriesHimself
Vietnam: A Television History1983TV Series documentaryHimself
Wiretapper1955Reverend Bill Graham (uncredited)

Won Awards

1989Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameRadioAwarded on October 15, 1989 at 6925 Hollywood Blvd.

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