Dustin Hurt may not be the most popular miner in the “Gold Rush” universe. However, he is still a successful miner. And his hard work over the years has made him a pretty rich man.
So, just how much is this second-generation miner worth? Well, Celebrity Net Worth has reported that Hurt’s mining career has earned him a net worth of $1 million.
Dustin Hurt is one of several gold miners who have appeared on the popular Discovery reality television series “Gold Rush.” According to Distractify, Hurt was on that series for four years. He then moved on to appear in the spinoff, “Gold Rush: White Water.”
Interestingly, Hurt, who is a New Orleans, Louisiana native, did not set out to become a gold miner. His first professional job was working construction in his home state. He began his construction career following his graduation from high school.
Dustin Hurt didn’t jump from construction to gold mining, though. After he worked in construction, he moved out west and became a wildland firefighter with the California Forest Service. The future “Gold Rush” star was in his early 20s at the time.
While working as a firefighter in California, Hurt was part of a self-contained firefighting unit for a few years. As part of this job, Hurt typically worked alone to make sure that forest fires did not spread.
‘Gold Rush’ Star Dustin Hurt’s Father Offered Him a Job Working in a Mine
“Gold Rush: White Water” star Dustin Hurt began his mining career thanks to his father, Fred Hurt. Fred asked Dustin to join him in Alaska working in the Jim Placer Mine. “It seemed like a weird thing to do, but I could run a machine, so I was gonna go dig for gold with my father,” Dustin once said.
Things for the father and son duo in Alaska were slow going at first. Fortunately for Dustin and Fred, things began to pick up for them. During the third season of “Gold Rush,” the mine earned the father and son and their team a quarter of a million dollars worth of gold.
Here are a few details about Fred Hurt. He is originally from Minot, North Dakota. Like his son, he also began his professional career working in construction. It was during the late 1960s that Fred began his construction career. As part of that job, he worked in the Gulf of Mexico as a commercial driver. This job allowed him to pick up the skills of underwater salvage, demolition, and construction. These would prove to be very helpful in his later mining career.
Fred Hurt also owned a construction company for 25 years. He retired from that company in 2004. It was after that that he moved to Alaska to work as a gold miner. “Gold Rush” came calling a few years later.