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

by Suzanne Halliburton
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Tony Beets, known as the King of Klondike on Gold Rush, is a few weeks away from celebrating his 62nd birthday. Most folks would entertain the thought of retiring. Or at least they’d pick a year to start thinking about slowing down.

Not Beets. Mining for gold requires effort. But there’s also semi-endless downtime. Beets talked about retirement in 2019 in an interview with Monsters & Critics. He wasn’t ready to let go of Gold Rush, the top program on Discovery.

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

In fact, when Beets and his wife, Minnie, did the Q & A, the two were in Mexico. It definitely was down-time season.

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

Then Tony put it all in perspective: “I mean, right now we’re sitting in Mexico on the beach, so we’re not complaining!”

Tony Beets Has Been Part of Gold Rush for 188 Episodes

Gold Rush has featured Beets in 188 episodes with the first coming in 2011. Minnie joined the show in 2014. The two met as children back in the Netherlands, where they grew up.

And there’s another Beets family member expected to show up in next week’s Gold Rush. Get this, it’s another Mike. Tony and Minnie’s 31-year-old son Mike already is included in the show. The new Mike is Tony’s uncle.

Earlier this month, Gold Rush chronicled one of the bad days for Tony Beets. A decision impacted their ability to earn money for the family. The Beets were trying to get a license to mine the Indian River. Their request was denied.

“It’s not what was in the plan,” Beets said. “I mean it’s gonna make a [major]…difference on the ounces that we’re gonna get outta the ground this year.” The powers that be would like Beets to reapply for the license.

Now, about that idea of retirement. In a past Gold Rush episode, the Beets opened their home for a tour. They’ve lived in this Klondike house for more than three decades, buying it after they moved from Europe. It’s their home for five months out of each year, when the weather is particularly brutal. In the other months, they take a camper to base camp near where they’re mining for gold.

Beets said he has no second thoughts about his career choices. That includes starring on Gold Rush. “I don’t have regrets,” Beets said. “No stress, right? It’s smooth sailing. Smooth sailing for this lucky guy, I suppose.”

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