‘Gold Rush’: How Long Tony Beets Expects His Family to Keep Mining on Show

by Amy Myers

Since starring on Gold Rush, Tony Beets has recruited his family to be a part of his mining legacy. The industry giant has raked in millions of dollars of success over the years. But more than that, he’s created a family connection that could last generations, if his kids choose to stick with their careers in mining.

Tony and his wife Minnie have three kids that all chip in with the operation, Monica (28), Mike (31) and Kevin (33). They’ve all become pivotal parts of their Gold Rush parents’ mining efforts, each demonstrating their own unique skills. And while Tony no doubt loves having the whole family work together, he isn’t putting any pressure on his three kids to stay in the industry.

In an interview with Monsters & Critics, the mother and father shared their thoughts regarding their children’s futures with mining and Gold Rush.

“You know, I really can’t tell, I can’t speak for my kids,” Minnie shared. “They are all adults right? Right. It’s up to them if they want to continue. And if not, then … well, I can’t speak for them in that regard.”

Her Gold Rush husband continued, “If they do, fine. If they don’t, fine. Hopefully, they’ll find it. Hopefully, they find something that they like as much as mining, and perhaps that doesn’t necessarily have to be the mining part, whatever suits them. Right?”

‘Gold Rush’ Mine Boss Adding New Family Member to the Team

Recently, Tony has recruited another family member to help with his operation on Gold Rush. As it turns out, there will be another Mike Beets at the mine site. However, this Mike is a bit older. In fact, he happens to be Tony’s uncle.

Despite not having a lick of experience behind an excavator, Tony invited the fellow Beets man to the Gold Rush cast in hopes that the extra pair of hands will help speed up productivity. Uncle Mike comes from a farming background, instead, which could potentially translate to some of the skills needed for mining. After all, tilling a field isn’t too different from ripping dirt at a mine. As long as the new member has experience with big machinery, he should fit in just fine with the rest of the crew.

Of course, Uncle Mike will still have to be a quick and careful learner. As fellow Gold Rush stars, Parker Schnabel and Rick Ness have experienced, new members on the team mean a larger margin for error. The first few weeks will prove to be the most crucial for the new Beets teammate as he navigates the hard labor and long hours required for the job. But, if he’s anything like his nephew, Mike will be a resilient and powerful force at the site.