David Miscavige is the leader of the Church of Scientology. Born in 1954, Miscavige joined the church at age 12 and rose through the ranks to become a Sea Org member at 16. He moved up quickly through various ranks, and in 1982 was appointed by founder L.
Ron Hubbard as Deputy Commodore of the Religious Technology Center (RTC). In 1983, Hubbard named Miscavige chairman of the board of Author Services Inc., which managed Hubbard’s business affairs. After Hubbard’s death in 1986, Miscavige assumed control over RTC and all of Scientology’s entities.
As chairman of RTC, Miscavige oversees all aspects of Scientology policy and practice, including its legal affairs and public relations campaigns. He also serves as head lawyer for all Scientology organizations worldwide.
Miscavige is credited with helping to turn around Scientology’s financial fortunes during the 1990s after years of declining membership and revenue due to high defections from its core membership base. Under his leadership, revenue increased by nearly half from $200 million in 1992 to $300 million in 2000; membership grew from about 40,000 to 100,000 worldwide; new churches were opened in Clearwater and Toronto; and new media initiatives were launched including a.
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