Sun Myung Moon Net Worth at Death – Salary, Income, Wife

Sun Myung Moon Net Worth 

Sun Myung Moon had an estimated net worth of $900 million at death. Sun Myung Moon was a Korean religious leader, a self-proclaimed messiah who was the founder of the Unification Church. He was a leading figure in what Eileen V. Barker, a professor emeritus of sociology at the London School of Economics, called “the great wave of new religious movements and alternative religiosity in the 1960s and 1970s in the West”. He earned most of his fortune from Unification Church’s worldwide investments which were estimated to be worth more than $1 billion.

The Unification Church owns True World Foods, a Sushi distribution giant in the United States, and Pyeonghwa Motor, one of the two car manufacturers and dealers in the North Korean automotive industry, alongside Sungri Motor Plant. Its other holdings include the United Press News Agency (UPI) and The Washington Times. 

The Unification Church has 500-700 million members worldwide, and the church’s blessing ceremonies, namely mass weddings or remarriage ceremonies are sometimes attended by tens of thousands. It is the event that has attracted the most media attention.

Three non-governmental organizations under Moon’s name have consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council: Tianzhou Peace Federation, World Peace Women’s Federation, and Service for Peace.

To calculate the net worth of Sun Myung Moon, subtract all his liabilities from his total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity he has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets. All debts, such as personal loans and mortgages, are included in total liabilities.

Here’s the breakdown of his net worth:

Name: Sun Myung Moon
Net Worth: $900 Million
Monthly Salary: $1 Million
Annual Income: $100 Million
Source of Wealth: Religious leader, Entrepreneur

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Early Life

Mun Yong-myeong was born on February 25, 1920, in modern-day North P’yng’an Province, North Korea. He was the eighth child in an extended farming family.

When Mun was about ten years old, his family, which had previously held Confucianist beliefs, converted to Christianity and joined the Presbyterian Church.

Korea was ruled by Japan at the time, and growing up oppressed in his own country made the boy sensitive to the injustices and sufferings that surrounded him. He developed humanitarian sympathy for all living beings early in his life and was troubled by man’s inability to create a just and loving world.

When he was 15, he had a vision of Jesus telling him to finish the unfinished business of uniting mankind by becoming their saviour.

In 1941, he enrolled at Waseda University in Japan to study electrical engineering. He became involved in student sabotage and was arrested and tortured for not disclosing the identities of his collaborators.

In 1947, he was convicted of spying for South Korea by the North Korean government and sentenced to five years in the Hngnam labor camp. He did, however, escape in 1950.


After escaping, he arrived in the southern port city of Pusan, where he began his religious career in earnest. He and a disciple constructed the first Unification Church out of discarded army ration boxes.

He only had a few disciplines at the time, but he was confident that one day his message would reach millions around the world. In 1954, he established the Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity.

His religious movement drew a lot of attention, and he quickly gathered a large number of devoted followers. However, his teachings sparked numerous controversies, and he was frequently arrested and imprisoned. Despite this, he was able to escape each time because the authorities were unable to find any incriminating evidence against his alleged wrongdoings.

Along with the Unification Church, he founded the “Weeping Church,” so named due to his and his followers’ tearful prayers to the Lord. His religious teachings gained traction across the country, and by 1957, churches had been established in 30 Korean cities and towns.

One of his most well-known rituals was the “blessing ceremony” or “mass wedding.” He performed this ritual to emphasize the Unification Church’s emphasis on traditional moral values.

Moon established the Korean Culture and Freedom Foundation in 1964 to promote South Korean interests and to sponsor Radio Free Asia. Former United States Presidents Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower were named honorary presidents of the organization when it was founded.

In 1972, he founded the International Conference on the Unity of the Sciences, a series of scientific conferences, after moving to the United States in 1971. Several hundreds of people have attended these conferences over the years.

At his request, his church members established the CAUSA International as an anti-communist educational organization based in New York in 1980. During the 1980s, it was very active, with a presence in 21 countries. It produced the anti-communist documentary film ‘Nicaragua Was Our Home’ in 1986.

Along with its religious activities, the Unification Church supports and owns a number of businesses in various countries, most notably the Tongil Group, Pyeonghwa Motors, and News World Communications.

On September 12, 2005, 85-year-old Sun Myung Moon Sun founded the Heavenly Peace Federation and began a tour of 120 cities around the world. Wherever he appeared, Myung Moon gave a speech entitled “God’s Ideal Family – A Model for World Peace.”

In April 2008, Myung Moon appointed his youngest son Moon Hyungjin as the new head of the Unification Church and the Unification movement around the world, saying, “I hope everyone can help him so that he can fulfill his mission as the heir of his True Parents.”

In 2009, Yonhap News Agency reported on Myung Moon’s plans to build a shrine in his birthplace. That same year, Myung Moon’s autobiography, People of the World Who Love Peace, was published by the Kim Young Society in South Korea. The book became an instant bestseller in Korea and Japan. An English version was also published in the United States that same year.

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Personal Life & Wife

He married Sun Kil Choi on April 28, 1945, and a son was born to the two. The marriage was marked by great difficulties and was divorced in 1957.

He remarried on April 11, 1960; his second wife was a young teenage girl, Hak Ja Han, who eventually bore him 13 children. The couple was called True Parents by Unification Church members, and their family was called the True Family.

He died on September 3, 2012, after a brief illness at the age of 92.

Sun Myung Moon Quotes

If you tell a lie to make a person better, then that is not a sin.


In a way then, the Divine Principle, this new revelation, is the documentary of my life. It is my own life experience. The Divine Principle is in me, and I am in the Divine Principle.


Communism is trying to take the world by force. But God will take the world by love.


There are many crooked lines and one straight line. Which is the line of truth? Why the straight line? Truth is always the shortest distance between two points.


Throughout history no one has suffered more than God. He has suffered because his own children fell away from him. Ever since the Fall, God has been working tirelessly for the restoration of mankind. People do not know this brokenhearted aspect of God.


Every religious pioneer, including Jesus Christ, was persecuted by his contemporaries. But once people understand me, their turn can be dramatic like Saint Paul’s.


Any politician who wants to run for president will come to me in a few years.

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