Rick Ness is no stranger to the fans of Discovery Channel’s hit reality TV show, Gold Rush. Rick who started out as a member of Parker Schnabel’s crew has come a long way since appearing in the third season of the show.
Now Rick has his own crew and holds the record for most gold hauled in by a rookie mine boss in the first year. Rick is not only a talented gold miner but is also a gifted musician. Let’s find out more about the 38 years old Rick.
Rick Ness Early Life & Football Career
Rick Ness was born on 5 March 1981 to Richard Ness and Judy Marie Bedard. He was raised alongside his twin brother, Randy Ness in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
While in college, Rick was a football hotshot with a dream of becoming a professional footballer. Unfortunately, following a head injury, his playing career was put to a stop. He then began learning to play the upright bass and soon took up a career in music.
Rick Ness Band
While going to a concert, Rick heard a different band play who had a terrible bass. He soon approached the band and asked them to give him a shot.
He then soon became a member of The .357 String Band along with Billy Cook, Derek Dunn, Jayke Orvis and Joseph Huber. The band released a total of three albums including Ghost Town, Fire & Hail, and Lightning From the North.
Rick Ness in Gold Rush
When the band was at the Southeast Alaskan State Fair performing, Rick met Parker Schnabel from Gold Rush. Parker invited him to the show nine months after their confrontation, and Rick joined the show during its third season.
Rick had no mining experience before joining the show but coming from a family of construction workers, he learned the skills required to adjust in no time.He proved himself to Parker by working as a capable excavator, rock truck, dozer, and grader operator.
Despite several challenges, he helped Schnabel reach his 4000 ounce goal, delivering over 1250 ounces of gold. He quickly became Parker Schnabel’s right hand.
After partnering with youthful mine-boss, Parker Schnabel for six years, he started his own crew in the 9th season of the show. Rich has set up a Gold Rush record for most gold hauled in by a rookie mine boss in his first year. The excavator and rock truck operator is currently starring in the 10th season of the show.
Rick Ness Family & Girlfriend
Despite having a tight working schedule, Rick still manages to spend quality time with his mother and twin brother.
On 20 March 2018, Rick announced that his mother had passed away after a long battle with brain cancer with a heartbreaking tweet,
“RIP Mom. 55 years young. She left us peacefully in her house and with my face resting against hers she took her last breath. It hurts. It’s not long enough. Cancer is the devil.”
Although Rick has not shared any news regarding his romantic life, fans did think he was involved with Gold Rush co-star, Karla Ann. But the speculations were soon cleared off by Rick himself and called Karla as the sister he never had.
Rick Ness Social Media Activity
The Gold Rush star has a pretty active Twitter and Facebook account. While he does share loving pictures with his twin brother, Rick has also been using Twitter to promote his clothing company, Rally which sells sleeveless shirts with “Sleeves Are For Nerds” printed out in front.
Rick Ness Net Worth 2020
With the gold mining business on peak, Rick has an estimated net worth of $3 million as of 2020. Rick, who loves seeking new adventures, is currently running Big Red, along with Schnabel and crew on their operation to bring in more gold than ever. Apart from gold mining and making music, Rick Ness is also a good golfer. He often posts pictures in his social media platforms of his gold games.