‘Gold Rush’: How Did Tony Beets Get into Gold Mining?

by John Jamison

Since 2011, Tony Beets has been a mainstay on “Gold Rush.” The famed gold miner has a background that didn’t lend itself to his line of work today. Nonetheless, he arrived in the Yukon and discovered a knack for yanking precious metals from the ground. But how did he find himself in such a position?

Tony Beets is known for his old-school techniques and his tendency to yell whenever feels like it. His persistence in the face of overwhelming odds has earned him respect among his mining colleagues and a more than comfortable life. According to Discovery GO, Tony Beets lives in Arizona with his family when he’s not mining in the Yukon.

In 2019, Tony Beets, along with Parker Schnabel and Rick Ness, sat down for an interview with Entrepeneur. The “Gold Rush” star talked about how he got into gold mining in the first place.

“I came from the Netherlands, of course. I hung around Alberta and BC for a bit, then I went to the Yukon for the money,” Beets said. “They said you can make a thousand bucks a week, so I thought: If they get that, I’ll get a little more. And that’s what happened. I guess I really like the lifestyle; that attracted me to it most. You do whatever you want, yell at people whenever you feel like it. And then there’s the hunt, the treasure. I like it.”

As a veteran of the game, Tony Beets has offered advice to some of the other big names on “Gold Rush” over the years. His efforts have certainly paid off, as he has reportedly earned himself a net worth of over $15 million. According to Looper, that figure makes him the wealthiest miner featured on “Gold Rush.”

‘Gold Rush’ Star Parker Schnabel Thinks He Could Hold His Own With Original Klondike Gold Miners

It’s a rare type of person willing to forego the comforts of modern life to trek through the Alaskan wilderness in search of gold. We have no doubt you Outsiders out there would be game. But mining for gold is a tough life, even more so for the folks who first started mining the frigid Klondike region in the late 1800s.

Parker Schnabel thinks he could give those old miners a run for their money. And his track record on the show would seem to back that up. In 2017, Maxim asked him if he thought he’d be able to make it as a turn of the century gold man.

“That’s a big question that we always ask ourselves. And I think so. You would have had to be pretty damn tough, but I think the four of us would have made it. We may have eaten James Levelle (the cameraman) first so at least the three of us would have made it,” said Schnabel.