• Victoria Osteen is co-pastor of the Lakewood Church in Houston, TX and an author
• She was born in Huntsville, AL to Donald Ilof and Georgine Iloft
• She met her future husband Joel in 1985 in her mother’s jewelry store
• She is the author of several books, including "Love Your Life: Living Happy, Healthy, and Whole"
• Her net worth is estimated at $40 million, while her husband Joel's is estimated at $60 million

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SpouseJoel Osteen
FactBegan her career at her family's jewelry business.

Who is Victoria Osteen, Joel Osteen’s Wife?

Victoria Osteen is the co-pastor of the Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, and an author, but is best known to the world as the wife of the senior pastor, Joel Osteen.

Victoria Osteen Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education

Born Victoria Iloft on the 28th March 1961, in Huntsville, Alabama, she is the daughter of Donald Ilof, who worked for General Electric in the team which was led by Werner von Braun, an aerospace engineer.

He worked mainly on the Saturn rocket project team, but then joined NASA, and the whole family moved to Houston, Texas, when Victoria was two years old. She spent her childhood in the southern suburb of Houston, located near the Johnson Space Center. Her mother, Georgine Iloft, taught Sunday school at Church of Christ, which Victoria attended. Her father later became the deacon of the church.

Following her high school matriculation, Victoria enrolled at the University of Houston to study psychology; however, she never graduated.


Victoria met her future husband Joel in 1985, when he entered her mother’s jewelry store. At first sight the two fell for each other, and started a romantic relationship. Joel was already a part of the Lakewood Church since his father, John Osteen, founded the church.

Victoria Osteen

Victoria joined Joel in his sermons and alongside him, attained world fame. She started Lakewood Church Women’s Ministry in 2003 and has her own one-hour program broadcast, which airs on the Daystar Television Network and through a live internet feed. To speak further about her accomplishments as an evangelist, she can be heard on Houston radio station 89.3 KSBJ.

An Accomplished Author

Victoria has shared her thoughts and experiences with her followers through books; her first book was “Love Your Life: Living Happy, Healthy, and Whole”, published in 2008., which peaked at No. 2 on the New York Times Bestsellers list. Since then, she has switched to children’s books, and for now has three book sets published – “My Happy Heart” box set, “Unexpected Treasures”, and “Gifts from the Heart”, published through Simon & Schuster’s Little Simon imprint. She has also published a Bible for children.

Controversy and Lawsuit

Back in 2005, while on a flight from Houston to Vail, she was accused of shoving a flight attendant, who later sought $405,000 in damages, while the FAA fined Victoria $3,000. The judge cleared Osteen of charges, stating that the entire lawsuit was a waste of time, and made her of civil liability in August 2008.

Victoria Osteen Net Worth

Osteen’s wealth is as high as $40 million, which she shares with her husband. One of their possessions is a mansion in River Oaks, value at an estimated $10.5 million.

Victoria Osteen Personal Life, Marriage, Children

Just two years after their first meeting, Victoria and Joel married, but there is no information about the wedding ceremony, though Victoria has often spoken about their marriage. Since the ceremony, the couple has welcomed a daughter and a son.

Joel Osteen Wiki

Joel Scott Osteen was born on 16 March 1963, and is a televangelist, pastor, and author.

Joel Osteen Ministries and his wife Victoria Osteen are bringing inspiration, encouragement, worship and faith to the…

Posted by Times Union Center on Friday, March 9, 2018

He is the son of John Osteen and his wife, Dolores, and has five siblings, He went to Humble High School, from which he matriculated in 1981, after which he enrolled at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. Once he was out of the university, he went back home and started the Lakewood’s television program. From 1982 until 1999, he was just a producer of his father’s sermons, but once John Osteen died, Joel continued with the practice.

He held his first sermon only six days before his father’s death, since when Joel has become one of the best-known televangelists as his speeches are seen by over seven million viewers weekly, and over 20 million monthly in over 100 countries. He has also shared his experience through books, and so far has authored ten, all of which topped the New York Times Best Seller list.

Joel Osteen Net Worth

Joel’s wealth is as high as $60 million. Some of his most luxurious possessions include the house, and a Ferrari 458 Italia.

General Info

Full NameVictoria Osteen
ProfessionPastor, Author
EducationUniversity of Houston


SpouseJoel Osteen
ChildrenJonathan Osteen, Alexandra Osteen
ParentsGeorgine Iloff, Donald Iloff, Joel Osteen, Victoria Osteen
SiblingsDonald Iloff Jr.

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1Release of her book, "Love Your Life: Living Happy, Healthy and Whole". [2008]
2Daughter-in-law of John Osteen and Dodie Osteen.
3Native of Houston, Texas.
4Began her career at her family's jewelry business.
5Mother, with Joel Osteen, of son Jonathan Osteen (b. 1995) and daughter Alexandra Osteen (b. 1999).
6Co-pastor, with her husband Joel Osteen, of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas.



Home & Family2016TV SeriesHerself
The Insider2008-2015TV SeriesHerself
Women of the Bible2014TV MovieHerself
HuffPost Live Conversations2014TV SeriesHerself
Praise the Lord2001-2014TV SeriesHerself
Hannity2010-2012TV SeriesHerself
The Dr. Oz Show2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Huckabee2012TV SeriesHerself
Piers Morgan Tonight2011-2012TV SeriesHerself / Himself
Fox News Sunday2012TV SeriesHerself
Oprah's Next Chapter2012TV SeriesHerself
Larry King Live2007-2009TV SeriesHerself
The Early Show2007TV SeriesHerself
60 Minutes2007TV Series documentaryHerself - Joel's Wife (segment "Joel Osteen")

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Home & Family2016TV SeriesHerself
60 Minutes2007-2008TV Series documentaryHerself - Joel's Wife (segment "Joel Osteen")

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