So this is the Tea Bags on this oh so holy Ben Tankard’s journey to fortune and extravagance certainly didn’t start with lots of money. Perhaps his best (and most well-known) quote so far is from his new docu-series Thicker Than Water’s premiere sneak peek video, “I’ve been poor, now I’m rich. Believe me, rich is better.” And just how rich are we talking?
Ben has a plethora of jobs, which go a little something like this: he’s president at Ben-Jamin’ Music & Film, an NBA D-league motivational speaker, a pastor, and a gospel musician and producer. His personal website divulges details about the Ben Tankard “brand,” which include, as quoted:
- World’s best-selling gospel/jazz musician/producer of all time. (15 Gold/6 Platinum records)
- 12 Stellar Awards, 7 Gospel Excellence Awards, 2 Vision Awards, 1 Blue Mic Award, 8 Dove Award Nominations, 3 Grammy Award Nominations, 1 Soul Train Award Nomination
- Performs in over 100 concerts and personal appearances yearly
What do all of these jobs and accolades add up to? According to CelebrityNetWorth.com, Ben Tankard is worth a cool $5 million dollars. But with the plethora of cars and planes, the three-level mansion they unabashedly refer to as the “Tankard Palace,” and all those kids, could that really be all he’s worth? It certainly seems like they are spending a lot more than they are bringing in!
So how much is the 49-year-old reality star making off of Bravo? This is a wild guess, but we’d estimate that Bravo is paying the Tankards on par with (or even less than) what the Real Housewives of Miami make — “[At] the high end, they make somewhere in the $55,000 to $75,000 range.”
Ben has made his millions from various ventures, but none of his money comes from his ministries, which he and his wife Jewel have been running for almost 12 years. And though his money doesn’t (and hasn’t) come from his church, his church is very focused on money. Wealth (or at least the pursuit of wealth) is the foundation of his teachings and sermons.
He revealed his favorite part about being wealthy to TV Guide Magazine: “When you see someone that needs help, you can do more than pray for them, you can pay for them. That is why we love to be able to volunteer as pastors — we don’t take a salary.”
THE SHADE IS REAL