From time immemorial, gold has been a precious substance highly sought after by people for its sheer beauty and intrinsic market value. As beautiful as it appears when refined, it passes through rigorous stages before becoming precious ornaments, the most stressful stage being mining. Gold mining is the meticulous extraction of gold using several methods. As easy as it may sound, it is really tedious and requires precision, patience, and tactics; hence making it a venture for highly skilled professionals. One of the few who has made a successful career from gold mining is Tony Beets. Despite being a farmer for the most part of his life, he switched to gold mining because of the promise of better remuneration and has since filled his pockets while carving a legacy for himself at the same time. Let’s learn more about him, shall we?
Tony Beets Biography
Tony Beets was born on December 15, 1959, in Wijdenes, Netherland to his parents who were big shots in the farming business. He is of Dutch ethnicity and a Canadian national. There is little information available to the media as regards his childhood except for the fact that he was highly involved in the running of his parent’s farm right from a tender age. At the age of 15, he had total control of the farm and thus found himself in charge of men way older than him.
Unsure about the future of farming in the Netherlands, Tony relocated to Canada in 1980 and set up a dairy farm. His foray into mining began in 1984 when he overheard a discussion between two men claiming they earned up to $1000 a week mining gold. Lured by such outrageous wage he traveled to Whitehorse in search of a gold mining job but found none. Choosing not to be downbeat by this, he settled for an oil mining job before eventually securing a job at a gold mine in Yukon.
In 2011, Tony would transcend the title of a gold miner to become a reality TV star after his talents for mining gold were noticed by Discovery Channel, thus enabling him to make his debut in the season 2 of the famous Reality TV Show, Gold Rush, alongside Fred Dodge, Chris Doumitt, Rick Ness, Parker Schnabel, and Todd Hoffman.
His Net Worth
Truly speaking, while there are lots of fans who are staunch followers of the reality show, Gold Rush, there are still a whole lot of people who are highly uninterested in watching a group of guys go through the highly enervating process of sourcing and mining gold. As a result of that, it’s most likely that Tony Beets earned a majority of his wealth from mining gold rather than as a reality TV star. Anyway, his net worth is currently estimated to worth as much as $15 million.
Tony Beets’ Family
If you inquire into the family of the famous gold miner, you will find that he is the son of Klaus and Magda Beets who owned a large farm in the Netherlands. Sadly, his father passed when he was just 15 years old.
Many have always wanted to know who his siblings are but the reality star has never said anything about this, making many to conclude he’s the only child of his parents.
Tony Beets is currently married to Minnie Beets. As the story goes, they met after his family’s relocation to Burgwerd at a time when he was 7 and Minnie was 6. They would go on to become close friends, lovers, and eventually, man and wife in 1982. His wife works as a bookkeeper in Tony’s mining company – Paradise Hill. He is a father to four children birthed by his wife Minnie; they go by the names Bianca, Kelvin, Michale, and Monica Beets.
Other Facts To Know
Here are quick facts to keep in mind about the famous Gold Rush star, Tony Beets.
1. In 2017, the Gold Rush star was fined $31,000 by a court for giving his employees the go-ahead to set ablaze a dredge pond during the process of shooting a stunt which eventually appeared on the show.
2. He juggles his time, living in Toronto, Canada, and Arizona, USA during the off seasons.
3. Tony Beets has a height of 5 feet 7 inches and a weight of 65 kg; his other body measurements are unknown.