Meet Tony Beets, the professional gold miner and one of the highlighted cast members of Discovery’s gold-mining show, Gold Rush.
Born on December 15, 1959, Tony Beets grew up on a farm in Wijdenes, Netherlands.
While growing up, he milked cows and worked as a lowly machine operator to make his ends meet.
After his father suffered a debilitating accident, he had to take over his family farm and had to be the boss of men who were more than twice his age.
Since those days, he has always been trying to be equal or a step forward from everyone.
In 1980, after recognizing low scope in farming, Tony along with his wife moved to Dawson City, Canada and worked in a dairy farm for a couple of months, before learning that people were making somewhere near $1000 a week, in the mines.
Now, he is counted among the most significant miners in Klondike.
Tony is the founder of the Tamarack Mine and works alongside his crew, his wife and children, during the gold mining seasons.
During the seven-month-long gold mining seasons, he and his crew work about 12 to 14 hours a day, often in punishing weather conditions and battling constant breakdowns.
He says hard work is essential and you have to invest every single day. Otherwise, your mission isn’t going to be successful.
He says that to aware his children about hard work and diligence, sometimes he treats them harder than any employee.
He first joined Gold Rush during the second season and caught the attention of viewers after suggesting Todd Hoffman, that the secret to successful mining is drilling test holes.
During the fourth season, he leased out the Scribner Claim for Parker Schnabel and also mentored him.
In the latest season of Gold Rush, which started airing on October 13, 2017, Tony was seen disassembling, transporting and reassembling another vintage dredge, reviving a method of placer mining that hasn’t been commonly used for about half a century in Yukon.
As of February 2018, he has garnered a net worth of $15 million.
Tony is married to his teenage sweetheart, Minnie Beets.
They have four children namely, Kevin Beets, Monica Beets, Mike Beets and Bianca Beets. During the off-season, the family resides in Arizona.