Gold may be a precious mineral and highly sought for and can even confer some importance and wealth to its owner but it remains just a mineral underneath the earth until it is discovered and dug out; only then will it be able to reach its full potential. The prospecting and digging up is not an easy job and only a few have been able to take it up and find us those precious substances. One of those few is Tony Beets.
The reins of responsibility rested on his young shoulder when he took over the family farm after his father became disabled and could no longer work on the farm. And from a farm boy, he became a construction worker and later, a dairyman. In all, Tony has made quite a name and earned a fortune for himself and his family.
If you are a fan of the Discovery Channel show, Gold Rush, you sure would know him. Tony Beets is a reality television star and the owner of the Tamarack Mine. His being described as legendary in the Klondike for his gold finding skills is more than well-suited because the legend sure knows his coins. He is not only recognized for his work ethic and dedication to work, but also for his regularity and frequency in using swear words.
Here are all you need to know about him, from his bio to his family, net worth and house. Read on…
Tony Beets Bio – Age
Tony was born to English parents in the Netherlands in a place called Wijdenes on December 15, 1959. He is of the Dutch ethnicity and Dutch-Canadian nationality. At the age of 7, he moved with his parents to the country and settled in Burgwerd. With a change of neighbourhood, he met and became friends with one Monica, who was 6 at that time and would later become his wife.
His family had a large farm and a lot of people who work in it. The management of the family farm, however, fell on him at the age of 15 when his father who used to run the business encountered a debilitating event. He found out that even though his father was not around, he had the authority to act in his stead and that he did. Tony found himself, with the assumption of his new role, in charge of men who were far older than he was and he became their boss.
At that point, he made the decision to either become equal or better than the people who worked for him. And with this determination, he went ahead to achieve that and many more. He said that wherever he went, he always kept one step ahead of the rest or better still, became a foreman within a week.
Tony moved to Canada in the ’80s and on getting to Canada, he started out on a dairy farm near Salmon Arm, B.C. But, he wasn’t going to be there for a long time. Being adventurous and always looking for opportunities to utilize, the next couple of months saw him going after a new venture, gold mining.
It didn’t just happen though. According to him, he heard through the grapevines that people in the Yukon were making $1000 (which is equivalent to over $3,000 today) a week in the mines. Then the lights came on, he figured he was going to make as much as that and dived headlong into it. He moved to Whitehorse where he started mining in the Dawson City. Today, he owns the mining company called Tamarack Mines and Paradise Hill. He has a lot of employees mainly the locals.
Gold Rush is a reality TV show created by Todd Hoffman who watched his aviation business go down and thus, decided to come up with something that would possibly outlive him.
The TV shows which premiered its first season in 2010 gives people a peek into the lives of hardworking individuals like Tony Beets and his family. It focuses on the mining of gold placer deposits found in the Yukon Territory, Canada by various teams of miners as well as on the daily routine and problems in gold prospecting in the desert north of Canada.
The show features strong personalities combined with drama and tension created between the active gold diggers and miners, thereby keeping the viewers entertained. It currently has eight seasons and has aired over 120 episodes.
However, Tony and his family debuted in season 2 of the show on the Discovery Channel. His crew, the Beets crew all work together at the Paradise Hill on the Paradise Hill claim. During the fifth season of the show, he bought a large floating industrial bucket dredge which is located on Clear Creek for $1 million. His aim is to operate as well as own more gold mines in future.
His Family, Children and Daughter
The Vikings, a sobriquet he loves to be addressed by, which may be considered fitting going by his strength, his beard and colourful language, was born to Klaus and Magda Beets.
Remember that little girl who was Tony’s neighbour, Minnie, he started dating her when she turned 20. They got married four years later after which they migrated to Canada following his scepticisms about the future of farming in the Netherlands. Minnie worked in home health care and is now the bookkeeper at the Paradise Hill, she takes care of the purse as well.
The family has expanded by four children, the fifth one born in 1992 died in infancy. There are 2 sons, Mike (born 1990) and Kevin (June 10, 1988), and 2 daughters, Monica (born 1993) and Bianca. All of them but Bianca work for the family business and make appearances on the show.
Monica seems to be more interested in the family business and has learned basic mining skills from her father. She was born on November 7, 1993, and raised in Yukon, Canada. Her childhood may have been unusual when compared with that of other children, but she loved every moment of it.
Mining activities which include driving heavy-duty vehicles, figuring out the workings of equipment, and getting into the main mining business only braced her for the future ahead of her. She has become an important member of the Gold Rush mining team and constantly strives to learn something new and challenge herself.
Monica is not afraid to get dirty and has taken after her father so well. By the age of 18, she was already a supervisor at Paradise Hill and she enjoys working on the equipment.
Tony’s Net Worth and House
Though Tony Beets may not have reached certain heights when compared with other reality TV stars, he has indeed proved that hard work pays. Majority of his net worth is from his gold mining skills and proceeds rather than the TV show anyway. His net worth is estimated at $15 million which is a whopping amount and is sure to increase as he keeps working towards owning more gold mines in the future.
Tony lives with his family in Toronto, Canada but moves them to Arizona, the United States during the low season.