Mormon church earns $7 billion a year from tithing, analysis indicates

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SAN FRANCISCO — If the Mormon church were a business, wealthy adherents like Mitt Romney would count as its dominant revenue stream. 

Its investment strategy would be viewed as risk-averse. 

It would also likely attract corporate gadflies protesting a lack of transparency. They would call for less spending on real estate and more on charitable causes to improve membership growth — the Mormons’ return on investment.