Peter Popoff is an infamous televangelist from Germany. He has been referred to as a scammer by claiming to cure ailment by faith. He has been exposed for his tricks, but he is known to make a comeback even when his new tricks of faith healing get debunked. He has gone bankrupt quite a few times and comes back with new TV show thereafter. Here are the complete details about career, biography, and net worth of Peter Popoff in 2019.
Early Life & Biography
Peter Popoff was born on 2nd July 1946 in West Berlin Germany. His family emigrated to the US when he was a child. He attended Chaffey College and then the University of California . His father was a preacher, and he took up the same career option. He was referred to as the miracle boy, and he used to claim that he possessed the power to heal and foretell the upcoming events in one’s life.
Peter Popoff has been married to his wife Elizabeth Popoff since 1970. The couple has three children named Amy Cardiff, Nickolas and Alex Popoff. He has been characterized in the film ‘Red Lights’ in 2012. He used to solicit donations for providing Bibles in the Soviet Union by attracting them to them to helium-filled balloons. He has staged a burglary at his own headquarters.
Career, Award & Nominations
Peter Popoff began to appear as a preacher from a very young age. In print advertisements, he was billed as “The Miracle Boy Evangelist”. Many ads claimed that, he was rescued from Siberian prison and that he had the abilities to heal the sick. There were also claims that he can foretell the future and that he was born in a bomb shelter in West Berlin. After his marriage, he started his television ministry. By the ‘80s, his ministry was broadcasted nationally. He became the center of attraction for his sermons which is curing of incurable medical conditions. He used to throw the pills of the sick in the stage and also used to command the people to get rid of their wheelchairs. The sick attendees were able to walk on their own and were faithful to him.
However, according to investigations, it was revealed that they were “ambulatory people” and were made to sit in the wheelchair by the assistants of Popoff. He was at the peak of his career in the 1980s. He sued to do several healing sermons and was often known to have the God-given ability. In 1986, he was charged to have used electronic transmissions for his information by the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. This was later exposed by magician James Randi and Steve Shaw. The revelation proved that he used to take the assistance of his wife through an earpiece.
In 1998, it was reported that Popoff was making a comeback. In 2011, he was designated for the Pegasus Awards by the James Randi Educational Foundation. In 2015, his claim of miracles and extreme fortune were documented by Michael Marshall. He also used to offer the “Miracle Spring Water” during the 2000s. It was believed that the water was able to cure many sicknesses. He is currently having an organization called “People United For Christ”. However, he has been criticized for giving fake healings by Trinity Foundation’s Ole Anthony. There are also many books written by him including ‘God’s Abundant Blessings’, ‘Prosperity Thinking’, and ‘Guaranteed Answered Prayer’.
Net Worth & Earnings
How much net worth do you expect from a scammer who has gone bankrupted multiple times? Well, Peter Popoff has a net worth of over $12 million currently. He made his money from his TV shows and through his fake healing tricks. He has multi-million dollar home in California and has a collection of luxury cars like Porsche and Mercedes-Benz.
Peter Popoff is proud of what he does, and he has seen lots of ups and downs in his financial and personal life. But he is a man of determination and willpower even though he is debunked to be scamming people with fake healing.