‘Gold Rush’ Star Tony Beets Makes Half a Million in Just One Week

by Chris Haney

During an episode of Gold Rush from earlier this season, mining boss Tony Beets mined a ridiculous half a million dollars worth of gold in only week. There’s a reason he’s nicknamed The King of the Klondikes, and weeks like that are one of the many reasons why.

For almost four decades, Beets has bought up gold-rich land in the Yukon. The veteran gold miner is famous for his work in the region amongst those in the industry. Yet the hit Discovery Channel reality series has shown the world just how good Tony Beets is at his job. In fact, in October during Season 12, Episode 2, Beets and his crew had an astounding week that any miner would be thrilled about. Yet pulling in more than $500,000 worth of gold in one week is almost expected of Beets. He’s the most successful mining boss on the Gold Rush for a reason.

Beets has set some lofty goals for his mining crew so far this year in the 12th season of the show. The mining boss is hoping for a whopping $16 million season. With half million dollar weeks, that seems more than doable, but as always there’s sure to be setbacks. Gold mining is a dangerous business, but it’s obviously a lucrative one that’s worth the trouble. That’s why the Gold Rush star has asked his crew to work shifts that last all day and night. He wants workers on the dig site 24/7 for the rest entirety of the mining season.

With two sluices running and making money on Paradise Hill, Beets and his team’s efforts are paying off. They made double what the crew mined this time last year in just one week.

‘Gold Rush’ Star Assumes He Can Mine the Yukon for the Next ’30 Years’

Tony Beets has been mining the Yukon for years, so you’d think his crew may need to branch out at some point. But the region has a vast amount of resources within its terrain. That’s why the Gold Rush veteran recently explained that his team should be able to mine the Yukon for the next 30 years.

A few months ago, Beets gave an interview to Entertainment Weekly as the new season began. The outlet asked him about the Yukon and how much longer he thinks he can mine the area. Surprisingly, Beets thinks there’s plenty left to mine.

“We probably have 500 acres if not 1,000 that hasn’t been excavated. We drill and decide which places are worthwhile digging up, and we approach it by digging for holes across the land and see if a pattern appears. If so, we start to dig and uncover all of the gold,” the Gold Rush star said to EW.

“I think we have a lot of gold out there. As long as we have the water licenses to mine, we can keep on going. If so, we should be mining here for 30 years. There are 5,000 to 10,000 ounces out there easy,” Beets added.