‘Gold Rush’: Tony Beets Thinks He’ll Be Able to Mine the Yukon for the Next ’30 Years’

by Chris Haney
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A couple of months ago, Gold Rush star Tony Beets opened up about the land his team is excavating, and it sounds like the miner thinks there’s plenty of gold left in the area to dig up.

Beets, who originally hails from the Netherlands, has lived in Canada for decades now. He and his wife, Minnie, moved west looking to chase the prospect of riches in the gold mining industry. Beets was told he could earn up to one thousand dollars a week as a miner, but he’s far surpassed that.

In fact, Tony Beets eventually became his own boss before becoming a reality TV star on Gold Rush. Further, there’s a reason he has the nickname “King of the Klondikes,” and that he’s the highest-earning miner on the hit Discovery Channel series. He knows his profession and knows the land around the Yukons well.

While speaking to Entertainment Weekly in September, the outlet asked Beets about the land his team is working on. Although they’ve already uncovered tons of gold, he thinks there’s plenty left.

“We probably have 500 acres if not 1,000 that hasn’t been excavated. We drill and decide which places are worthwhile digging up. 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 explained.

“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.

‘Gold Rush’ Star Tony Beets Doesn’t Think He’ll Ever Retire

In just a few weeks, Tony Beets will turn 62 years old on December 15. The veteran gold miner has had a long and successful career in the Yukons, but retirement doesn’t seem to be on the horizon anytime soon.

Gold mining is a hard and at times dangerous way of making a living. Most people would at least start to consider when they may retire by the time they’re in their 60s. Yet for Tony and Minnie Beets, that isn’t the case. In a 2019 interview with Monsters & Critics, the longtime couple gave a joint interview. Not only do they not have a retirement date in mind, Beets doesn’t think he’ll ever stop working.

“Oh, for retirement, I don’t think we’ll ever retire,” the Gold Rush star said. “I can’t speak for Minnie, but we work seven months in the year and then we have five months of holiday already.”

While speaking during the couple’s Q&A interview, the pair were actually in Mexico during the offseason. They both agreed they love their lifestyle and their gold mining schedule.

“I think we have the perfect life,” Minnie said. “We work seven months and then we are off for five. It’s great.

“I mean, right now we’re sitting in Mexico on the beach, so we’re not complaining!” Tony added.

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