26 Super Successful Christian Businesses
You’ve Never Seen Before
time we can remember, there are a variety of Christian views on poverty
and wealth. In some instances, Christians are more likely to
view poverty as the result of their individual falling. While there
are several people out there arguing whether God supports prosperity
or not, there are great men of God in the same locality making huge
business milestones. If you took your time to look at what top
Christian business people are achieving and what they are still up to
proves otherwise. A look at some of the high profile Christian
business people, entrepreneurs and business leaders in the world makes
us learn a lot from them. Prosperity is not a matter of Christianity
or not. Prosperity is a matter of hard work, dedication, fair plays
and a solid set of personal values.
brief, I will talk about some of the most successful Christian
businesspersons and entrepreneurs in the history of
1…Samuel Truett Cathy - Chick-fil-A
Truett Cathy was born on March 14th 1921 and he died on September 8,
2014. He was an American Author, investor, business man and a very
devoted Christian. He is the founder and the visionary behind the Chick-fil-A.
He has for a long time taught other Christians how to run their
businesses on Christian principles. At a young age, Cathy was a very
generous man who offered many scholarships to help young people from
humble backgrounds. He is one of the most vigorous Christian business
people in the world today. He has a net worth of $4.2 billion as of
2012. Samuel also received the Lifetime President’s Volunteer
Service award in 2008.
2…Tom Monaghan - Domino’s Pizza
Tom is an
American entrepreneur, author and a Christian business leader. He was
born in the early 1937. He is the founder and CEO of the Domino’s
Pizza and he also owned the Detroit Tigers from 1983 to 1992. He has
diversified his portfolio
by investing in a wide variety of businesses. He is a Roman
Catholic who continually served God and set a good example to his
peers. He announced his retirement from Domino’s Pizza Inc. after 38
years of operations. He also sold 93 percent of the company to Bain
Capital Inc. Tom was the champion of the pro-life movement and other
catholic teachings. He spent millions of dollars championing the
movement to combat moral crisis in the society.
3…Anthony Rossi - Tropicana
Rossi was born on September 13th 1900 in the kingdom of
Italy and died on January 24th 1993 in Bradenton Florida.
He was the leading pioneer of the inclusion of Citrus Juices in
Florida’s school meals. He
also become a notable Christian business leader after he founded
Tropicana and created a pasteurized orange juice. He helped build a
church and Mission in the US. Rossi married Sana Barlow who later
endowed the Aurora foundation which funded numerous Christian
4…Asa Candler - Coca Cola
I bet you
have ever drank one or two coca cola products. Majority of the people
don’t know the founding father of this thirst quenching drinks. Asa
Griggs Candler was an American business Tycoon and also a politician.
He is well known for giving rise to one of the most popular companies
in the soft drinks industry-
Coca Cola. He was born in late 1851 and died in early 1929. Asa
was also a philanthropist who gave rise to some of the best schools
and churches in America.
5…Henry Parsons Crowell - Quaker Oat
Parsons Crowell was born in 1855 into a wealth family and endowed with
a vast collection of material property
after the death of his father. He was brought up on a very firm
Christian foundation which he continued till his death in 1943. He was
a Christian Philanthropist who founded the Quaker Oat Company.
6…Peter J Daniels - Business man and a
Peter was born in 1932 in Adelaide Australia. He is a well-known Australian philanthropist, a Christian business man and a public speaker. He is also one of the bestselling authors and an entrepreneur. Peter was a retractable man of visions, inspiration and a motivation to the larger Australian community. He became a very visionary Christian after he attended a Crusade on May 1959. He went on to serve Christ and doing good-deeds to the people in his country.
7…Sam Walton - Walmart retails and Sam’s
Walton was born on March 29, 1918 and died on April 5, 1992 aged 74.
Throughout his life, Walton believed in the art of hard work and
prayers. He was one of the leading business
people, entrepreneurs and business leaders in the American
market. He is well known for establishing the Walmart
retails and Sam’s Club. He had a net worth of $8.6 billion at
the time of his death. Walton was also featured in the magazine for
the 100 most influential people of the 20th century.
8…James Cash Penny – J C. Penny
a very interesting story of his success. He became a partner in a
business that he ended up buying from his partners. He later renamed
the store ‘’ The Golden Rule store’’. With time, the store
expanded to become a nationwide department store chain. It has over
2,000 locations open for business. He died a very influential business
leader in the whole of America. James’s Father was a Baptist who
shaped his Christianity journey.
9…Cher Wang - HTC Corporation
Cher is a
Taiwanese entrepreneur and a business leader. She is into Christianity
and serves God all the time. Those who say women cannot be business
leaders and entrepreneurs should take a look at her. She has a net
worth of US$1.1billion and is a cofounder and the chairlady of HTC
Corporation. HTC Corporation is a leading manufacturer of one in
every 6 smartphones sold in America.
10…Mary Kay Ash - Mary Kay Cosmetics
Mary Kay Ash died in 22nd November 2001. She was an inspiring American business leader for the time that she lived. She had a successful career job until 1963 when she decided to retire. Mary was overlooked for a promotion in favor of another man that she personally trained. There and then, she decided to apply for early retirement and engage herself in businesses. She is the founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics. Her golden rule was to help women thrive in business by simply helping each other. She advocated raising people to success through her personal slogan ‘’God First, Family second, Career third’’.
11…Dave Thomas - Wendy’s business
Thomas was born on July 1932 and died on January 8th 2002.
He was an American Business magnet and also a well renowned author. He
wrote several books including Dave’s Way in 1991 and many more.
Thomas was also the founder and the CEO of Wendy’s
business-The third largest Hamburger chains in the world. He
named this business after his daughter, Wendy. Before his death,
Thomas became a family name and figure after starring in more than 800
12…Henry Heinz - H. J. Heinz Company
October 11, 1844, Henry is one of the oldest business
leaders in the Christianity world. He was a very devoted Christian and
a Germany-American entrepreneur until his death in May 14th
1919. He is the remembered as the founder of the H. J. Heinz Company
which is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Heinz was diagnosed with
Pneumonia in 1919 and succumbed after a long struggle. He based all
his activities, businesses and sources of money on a Christian
foundation. He set a good example to other Christians of his time.
13…David Steward - World Wide Technologies
Steward is one of the richest Black American Christian business
leaders. He is the founder and CEO of the World
Wide Technologies. WWT is a technological leader in the area of
information technology. He changed the face of the internet business
for a variety of Federal, Commercial, and telecommunication
organizations. Steward said that his faith for God, his Family and his
employees has made him who he is today.
14…John D Rockefeller Sr - Standard Oil
Davidson Rockefeller was an American Philanthropist, an investor and
an Industrialist. He was born in the middle of 1839 and died on May
23rd 1937. He is the visionary behind the foundation of the Standard
Oil Company. John was a devout Christian who operated on the
Christianity principles till his death. He was at some point quoted
saying that God gave him money
and he can never apologize for that. He lived to follow John
Wesley’s principle of ‘’Gain all you can, save all you can and
give out all you can.
15…RG LeTourneau - Earthmoving Machineries
Gilmour LeTourneau was born in Richford Vermont on November 30th
1888. He was a very hard
working Christian entrepreneur
until his death on June 1st 1969. LeTourneau was the
leading mastermind on the production, sale and the use of some of the
leading earthmoving machineries of his time. He supplied almost 70
percent of earthmoving equipment and engineering vehicles. His
vehicles and equipment were used by some of the strongest militaries
in the world during the WWII. He is responsible for the innovation of
some of the most common earthmoving machineries of our time.
16…David Green - Hobby Lobby
is a billionaire and also a Christian who set a good example to the
other Christians overlooking his success. He was born in Emporia
Kansas, US on November 13th 1941. David is the founder of
Hobby Lobby. Hobby Lobby is a chain of arts
and craft stores that has dominated the US market with more
than 520 outlets throughout the US markets. He ranks among the 400
richest Americans with a net worth of US$6.8 as of 2018. He usually
says ‘’ if you have anything or if you see me with anything, it is
because it is given to us by our creator’’.
17…Norm Miller - Interstate Batteries
Miller was born in 1956 and later succeeded into the political career.
He is currently a member of the legislative Assembly of Ontario in
Canada. He is the CEO of the Interstate Batteries. Miller has used his
impact as the CEO to influence the motorsport world where he is one of
the primary sponsors. He is a Christian who is always into prayers, investments
and politics. He has recently become a driving force behind an
evangelistic video series called ‘’ I am Second’’. Miller
committed his life to God before he went on to become the CEO and
chairman of Interstate Batteries Company.
18…Sir John Templeton - Templeton Mutual
was born on 29th November 1912 and died on 8th
July 2008. He was an American Born British Investor, fund manager,
Philanthropist, Banker and an Author. He created the Templeton
Mutual Fund in 1954 when he entered the mutual fund market. He was
also named the greatest Global Stock picker of the century in 1999 by
the Money Magazine. He spent a lifetime encouraging his fellow
Christians to build their trust and properties on firm Christian
principles. His name will forever dominate the Mutual fund sector. He
made a remarkable move in the history of Mutual funds. Templeton also
pioneered the construction and running of most schools and churches
during his tenure.
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19…Larry Burkett - Prominent author and a
Burkett died on 4th July 2003 in Gainesville Georgia,
United States. He didn’t die of cancer like most of the people
speculate but heart problems. He was a very prominent author and a
radio personality. He also participated in public lectures where he
concentrated on financial counseling from an evangelistic point of
view. He was a kind of a financial Guru. He sold more than 12 million
copies of his books worldwide. His four radio programs were
broadcasted in more than 2, 000 stations worldwide. His creative work
focused on freeing the Christians from debt
to freeing them from diseases. He made more than US$1.9 Million from
selling his books. Larry Burkett taught Christians how to get
out of debts, the benefits of emergency funds and giving
generously to the less fortunate in the world.
20…Stanly Tam - US Plastic Corp
Tam became a Christian with one heart and he never regressed. He was
by that time a young man struggling to make both ends meet. In spite
of all the financial challenges Tam faced, he held on so tight and
believed that God would raise him to glory, what he fortunately did.
He is the founding father of the US Plastic Corp. He dedicated all his
businesses to God and believed that his faith and those that worked
for him is what made him successful. Most of the money that Tam made
from his businesses went to fund Gospel missions and doing other
charitable activities. He came from a humble background where he used
to sell products door to door together with his teens in 1933.
21…Miles Ezell - Purity Diaries
Ezell is a long lived Christian Business person who has never left our
memories. He was the founder and CEO of the Purity Diaries. Miles was
also a role model and a high profile benefactor to his society in
Nashville. He used the resources that God endowed to him and served
him through his charitable work. He became the largest diary
proprietor in Davidson County. Through the sophisticated stewardship
of his son Miles Ezell jr and now the grandson Mark Ezell, purity
Diaries is still strong. It generates more than US$170 Million in
annual revenue. His business is still run with strong family values
and the strong Christianity base. His business
has funded thousands of projects, missions, initiatives, and
22…Bud Paxson - Home Shopping Club
He was an
American media executive till his death on 9th January
2015. He cofounded together with his business partner Roy Spear the
Home Shopping Club. He later ventured into media in 1998 when he
established Pax-TV friendly contents. By 2012, Paxson had an estimated
net worth of US$400 Million. He began his career in media as a Disc
Jockey and later as a Disc salesman. He formed the Paxson
Communications which is currently known as IoN Media Networks. He
bought radio stations, billboards and TV stations primarily in
Florida. He was also a born again Christian who presented much of his
activities to God and constantly sought help and guidance from Him
through prayers. He funded several mission, Initiatives, cofounded
some children homes in America and other parts of the world.
23…Hilary Hinton Ziglar - Motivational
speaker, author and a sales man
was an American motivational speaker, author and a sales man. He had
authored some of the bestselling books in the world such as ‘’See
You at the Top, Secrets of Closing the sale, Born to Win’’ and
many more. He later came to be known as Zig Ziglar as his alias which
originated from his pet name. Ziglar was born in 1926 and he died in
the late 2012. He
specialized on Personal development training, sales, presenting
coaching for presentation skills and many more. His first job as a
sales man never stood in his way of positivity. He made it through
dedication, hard work and prayers. He knew that all his milestones in
life were initiated by his creator. He has before his death funded
some of the most popular Christian activities in the world.
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24…Paul J Meyer - Motivation Institute
born on May 1928 in San Mateo California United States. He lived a
very successful life both financially, academically and on his
believes. He died in 2009 in Waco Texas United states. Before his
death, he left huge footsteps which can until now be traced. In 1960,
he founded successful Motivation Institute aimed at motivating people
to their full potential. He dedicated all his life to teaching others
how to reach their goals in life. Meyer was an extra ordinary
Christian Business man who sought his finances the right way. His
foundation has also donated Millions of dollars to Ministries and
other charitable works. He earned less than $20 for more than 50 years
but still maintained his balanced commitment to God.
25…Festus Stacy - Several Oil Companies
Stacy was an oil tycoon who was the former president and founder of
several oil companies. He was also an extremely compassionate
Christian business leader and an entrepreneur. His legacy of
generosity lives on up to today. He
became a millionaire before he turned 29 years of age and grew to
be one of the greatest sales people in the country’s history. He
never attended college but always liked to joke with business
associates who went to college. He usually joked around saying that he
was a Princeton Man. What he never told them is that he usually meant
Princeton School. Through his help, the Holy Cross Hospital build its
Critical care coronary Unit in 1970s.
26…Don Won Chang - Forever 21 Clothing
Don Won Chang was born in 1954. He is a Korean Born American Business man who made it through hard work, dedication and his strong belief in the power of God. He is together with his wife the founder of the Forever 21 clothing store. He grew up in Korea but moved to California in 1981. Don Won believes that he is a God made Millionaire who should also help God make other Millionaires through inspiration, motivation and material help. On one of his interviews, Don Won Chang said that when he came to America, he went to one of the mountains to pray to God. He said that through prayers, God told him to open a store and that store would make him successful. That is what he did and that is what made him who he is today.
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The bottom Line
Although being a Christian should in one way or the other influence the way you do your business, it shouldn’t keep you entirely out of business. You are supposed to build your business in the ways of Christ and take home what is really yours. Those who believe in God should never steal from other people. Whether the business that you are thinking of starting provides goods or services, its main goal should be something more than just making money. It should positively impact the society and encourage other Christians to venture into business too.
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