In 2015, Gold Rush star Tony Beets gave a tour of his family’s Klondike home where they’ve lived for more than 30 years.
Beets, who is originally from the Netherlands, moved to Canada decades ago to chase the possible riches of gold mining. Since then, he’s become a legendary gold miner in the area. That’s why Beets is one of the focal points of the hit Discovery Channel series.
Considering his nickname is the King of the Klondike, it’s no surprise he’s struck it rich through the years. According to a Looper article from October 2020, Beets is the richest miner on Gold Rush. The outlet also revealed that he’s accumulated a net worth of around $15 million. However, Beets doesn’t live a plush lifestyle. In fact, he lives about as humble a lifestyle as any millionaire you’ll ever see.
In a special clip from Gold Rush called “The Beets at Home,” Tony welcomes cameras inside his family’s home in the Klondikes. They live in a modest trailer for seven months out of the year between early April and late October. Beets then proceeds to give a short tour of their home.
The first stop is at the home’s couch where Beets says he sleeps most nights. He says he basically lives on the couch, and that’s not an exaggeration. He comes home about 9 p.m. and passes out on the couch not long after. Then he wakes up around 6 a.m. and starts his day before repeating the process all over again.
They rarely use the kitchen since the family mainly just sleeps there. Beets’ wife shows off her husband’s closet filled with his trademark black shirts. In addition, the Gold Rush miner shows off his .50-caliber rifle and his collection of wooden birds. It’s a simple but good life in the Klondikes.
‘Gold Rush’ Star Opens Up About His Life Before the Show
A few years later, Beets opened up about his previous life and what drew him to the Yukon. During a 2019 interview with Entrepreneur, Beets shared details about his life before becoming a reality TV star on Gold Rush. As mentioned before, Beets hails from the Netherlands, but the prospect of gold led him to Canada.
“I came from the Netherlands, of course. I hung around Alberta and [British Columbia] for a bit. Then I went to the Yukon for the money,” Beets explained about how he came to the area.
In the early days of his time in Canada, Beets was told he could earn upwards of a thousand dollars a week mining. Not only did he accomplish that goal, but he continued to rake in huge sums of money as he became his own boss.
“So I thought, ‘If they get that, I’ll get a little more.’ And that’s what happened,” he said.
Gold mining is a unique business, and it comes with few guarantees. However, Beets admits he enjoys the lifestyle as the hunt for buried treasure forever draws him back in.
“You do whatever you want; yell at people whenever you feel like it. And then there’s the hunt, the treasure. I like it,” Beets added.