Professionally going by the title of Chairman of the Board of Religious Technology Center, David Miscavige is best known as the leader of the controversial Church of Scientology. After the death of Scientology founder, L. Ron Hubbard, Miscavige has maintained the ultimate leadership of the religion, amidst numerous controversies and allegations. Despite being fraught in mysteries, the church has continued to expand her horizons across the globe under David’s leadership. Read on to learn more about his early life, rise in Scientology, marital/family life, and other facts.
David Miscavige Bio (Age)
David Miscavige was born a twin, on April 30, 1960, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia in the U.S.A. He is American by nationality, but Polish-Italian by descent. David grew up alongside his twin sister, Denise in their Catholic home in Willingboro Township, New Jersey. He also has an elder brother, Ronald Miscavige Jr. and one other sibling.
Growing up, David Miscavige played football and baseball. He, however, suffered from asthma and serious allergies. Having found no cure in orthodox medicine, his father consulted a Scientologist whose 45-minute dianetics session cured all of his sicknesses. David’s family consequently left the Catholic church for the Church of Scientology in 1971. They became so devoted to the religion that they relocated to Saint Hill Manor, England, residing inside the church’s headquarters.
David’s interest in Scientology grew so rapidly that by the next year at the age of 12, he began conducting auditing sections, becoming the youngest ever to professionally carry out Scientology auditing. His family, however, returned to Pennsylvania after a few years. He then enrolled at Marple Newtown in Delaware County for his high school education.
In 1976, a few years to completing high school, David Miscavige left Pennsylvania for Clearwater in Florida. There, he joined Sea Org, one of Ron Hubbard’s (founder of the Scientology religion) establishments. The next year, he started working as Hubbard’s assistant. In 1979, he became the leader of the Commodore’s Messenger Organization (CMO), a subgroup of the church whose responsibilities include mainly to enforce Hubbard’s rules and regulations in each of the Scientology organisations. By 1980, Miscavige started working apparently as Ron Hubbard’s representative, as the latter scarcely appeared at public functions from thence. By implication, he also became the head of almost all the groups and organisations in the Scientology order.
In 1982, Miscavage established the Religious Technology Center and the Author Services Inc. to handle Scientology’s assets and income respectively. Following Hubbard’s death in 1986, David Miscavige assumed complete leadership of the Scientology religion, serving as the ultimate custodian of the church’s beliefs and practices. In 2003, he set out to establish and renovate branches of the church in major cities of the world. He has so far succeeded in doing so in about sixty-five cities across the U.S, U.K, Germany, Taiwan, Israel, Italy, Mexico, and Spain. He later launched the Scientology Network in March 2018, through which he aims to communicate with billions of followers across the globe.
So far in his over three-decade leadership of the church, Miscavige has landed into numerous controversies including allegations of physical assault, cruelty and oppression, illegal surveillance imprisonment, and other unethical practices.
About David Miscavige’s Father
David’s father is Ronald Miscavige. He was the one who first introduced him to Scientology while he was seeking for cures to his ailments. Miscavige Sr. remained a devotee of the Scientology religion from 1970 to 2012. Following his defection, he co-authored Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me, alongside Dan Koon. The book which was published in May 2016, contained an expository narration of his 42-year personal experiences in the religion. It also chronicled the rise of his son in the church’s leadership as well as his estranged relationship with him following his escape from the cult.
Wife and Children
David Miscavige married Michelle Diane, a fellow Sea Org member popularly known as Shelly Miscavige. Shelly remained a devoted Scientologist and Miscavige’s assistant until she stopped making public appearances in 2005. Shelly last appeared in public at her father’s funeral in August 2007, stirring up rumors of disappearance. Till date, her whereabouts have been fraught in mystery and dark controversies. While some believe she may have defected from the religion and eloped, others feel the church must have detained her somewhere in one of their facilities, possibly in “The Hole”, an alleged place of incarceration and torment for offending members.
Even after actress and former Scientologist, Leah Remini filed a missing person complaint at the Los Angeles Police Department on behalf of Shelly, no tangible information emerged from the investigations. Moreover, different spokespersons of the Church of Scientology have severally dismissed claims of her disappearance with excuses ranging from leading a private life, to devoting her time to the service of the church.
Meanwhile, several sources have reported that David Miscavage apparently had no romantic relationship with his wife, Shelly. The couple has no children.
David Miscavige’s Net Worth
The exact figure of David Miscavige’s net worth is not available to the media at the moment. This is because the religious leader strictly keeps his financial affairs secret. However, based on speculative calculations, his worth has been estimated at anything between $10 and $70 million. Scientology which Miscavige heads, is apparently an elitist religion, with a lot of high profile and well to do Hollywood artists such as Tom Cruise, Juliette Lewis, Elisabeth Moss, and so on being patrons of the faith.
David Miscavige has a smallish stature. He stands short at a height of 1.6 meters (5 feet 2 inches). However, his cute wavy light brown hair, catchy blue eyes, well-trimmed body build, and other handsome features, give him an outstandingly good look.