Discovery channel’s documentary series, Gold Rush has remained afloat due to significant personalities like Rick Ness. Rick is a renowned gold miner and appears as an excavator and rock truck operator on the hit series. Like some of his counterparts on the show, Ness’ career as a gold miner as well as his interest in the field began at a later age. First, he was actively into sports, then music, before venturing into the challenging gold mining business. Here is everything you need to know about him.
Rick Ness Bio
He was born on March 5, 1981, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and he is of American nationality and white ethnicity. Growing up, Ness was always inclined to sports and participated actively during his school days. A huge fan of football, Ness was a college football player and was quite notable in his team. However, after sustaining a severe injury, he took a bow on his football career. His next option was music.
Going into music was quite an adventure for the ex-football player who attended concerts with different band groups before taking his decision. Seeing where he fit in, he started learning upright bass and soon became an upright bassist for The .357 String Band which he formed. While at .357 Stringband, the group released albums like Ghost Town, Lightning From the North, and Fire & Hail, and also went on several tours. It was during one of the tours that Rick Ness came in contact with Parker Schnabel, also a Gold Rush star. To be precise, it was during the band’s tour at the Southeast Alaskan State Fair that the two met.
Ness’ meeting with Schnabel whose grandfather founded the Big Nugget Mine, led to him joining the third season of the show. He had declared his interest in the Gold Rush adventures to Parker who then invited him to join after a couple of months. While Schnabel was an oldie in the business working to keep his family’s legacy in the mines, Ness’ experience came from his involvement with heavy machines at his family’s commercial construction company.
Gold Rush season three started airing in 2010 and it featured Rick Ness as Peter’s righthand man. He was quite experienced in terms of handling heavy machines and equipment and this saw to his significant contribution on the show. Ness’ presence during the crew’s second operation at Indian River saw Parker and his team acquire almost 4000 ounces of gold. He had delivered over 1200 ounces which significantly boosted the team’s output.
His Net Worth
Everyone knows how lucrative the gold mining business is and also how the hit Gold Rush show has attained greater heights through its massive viewership. Rick Ness is one of its beneficiaries and has enough to show for his works on the show. His net worth has been estimated at $3 million by some sources while others have estimated it to be about $600,000.
Nevertheless, a plausible explanation to back up these estimations would be the miner’s fruitful exploits with different crews on the show. Apart from his success with Parker’s crew he also worked with Todd Hoffman‘s crew where he equally recorded great achievements. Rick Ness’ annual salary ranges between $120,000 to $200,000 per annum which is quite befitting for a man of his caliber. He lives a comfortable life and has his own house and luxury cars.
Family Facts – Parents, Twin Brother
Not everyone knows that Gold Rush’s Rick Ness is a twin. Before we talk about his twin, let us get to know about his parents. He was born to Richard Ness, his father and Judy Marie Bedard, his mother in Milwaukee. Rick lost his mother in 2018. After a long battle with cancer, Judy finally gave up the ghost in the said year and this was received with great grief by her family. Her death came years after her divorce from Richard Ness.
Rick has a twin brother named Randy Ness. The Ness twins grew up together and worked in their family’s construction company, Roy Ness Contracting and Sales Inc. which was established by their grandfather Roy Ness, in Michigan, Escanaba. Randy works as a mechanic for the company and is married to Jen Ness.