There is only one Tony Beets. From his almost legendary skills in mining for gold to his colorful language, Tony embodies all that miners are made up of. Born and raised on a farm, Tony has come a long way from milking cows. Today, Tony is one of the most successful miners on the Klondike and even acts as an occasional mentor to Parker Schnabel. Even though Tony rose to fame following his appearances in Gold Rush, there aren’t a lot of miners who haven’t heard of him. In this article, we will take a closer look at the wiki-bio of Tony Beets.
Early Life of Tony Beets:
Tony Beets was born on the 15th December 1959, in Wijdenes, Netherlands. Raised by mother Magda Beets and father Klaus Beets in the small town of Burgwerd in the Friesland province, Tony’s family owned a large farm. After an accident left his father unable to work, Tony took over the family farm and started taking the lead in his family matters.
From Farming to Mining:
Looking for a change, Tony decided to move to Canada in 1980 and started a dairy farm. A couple of years later, Tony came across a rumor that miners in Yukon were earning more than a thousand dollars every week. After a few weeks, Tony made the trip to the city of Whitehorse in Yukon but arrived too early for the mining season. Talking about his beginnings Tony revealed in an interview,
“I came from the Netherlands, of course. I hung around Alberta and BC for a bit, then I went to the Yukon for the money. They said you can make a thousand bucks a week, so I thought: If they get that, I’ll get a little more. And that’s what happened. I guess I really like the lifestyle; that attracted me to it most. You do whatever you want, yell at people whenever you feel like it. And then there’s the hunt, the treasure. I like it.”
Rise to prominence and Gold Rush:
A natural leader, Tony wasted no time in learning the tricks of the trade and established a crew. In 1984, Tony moved to Dawson City and started a mining city. Tony also acquired the Tamarack Mines and Paradise Hills, which only contributed to his success. As Tony’s name grew so did his business and it was not long before the executive producers asked Tony to appear in the series. Since joining the show on its second season, Tony has advised the Hoffmans and has also mentored Parker Schnabel through his rookie season. Over the years, Tony has made successive appearances in several spin-offs including Gold Rush: South America and Gold Rush: The Dirt.
Tony is happily married to Minnie Beats and the pair have been together for quite a while. Tony and Minnie were neighbors in the Netherlands and tied the knot when Minnie was just 20-years of age. Minnie followed Tony to Canada and worked as a bookmaker for Tony. Since their marriage, the pair had four children, Monica, Mike, Bianca, and Kevin, all of whom are in the family business. The duo also lost a daughter, Jasmine, in 1992, who died while she was still an infant.
The 10th season of Gold Rush saw the younger generation trying to step and take command of the mine. While Tony claimed that it was the right time that they stepped up, he also lamented that his children would probably be the last generation to mine in the Klondike.
“Good grounds is getting pretty hard to come by. Nobody around here is going to lease out good ground at today’s prices, and there’s just no new ground out there. We’ve been mining here for the last hundred some plus years. We’re coming to the end, they’re going to come to the end of that. So it would be my kids and guys like Parker. That’d be pretty much the last part of it, I think.”
Tony Beets Wiki Facts
15th December 1959
Magda Beets(Mother), Klaus Beets(Father)
Monica Beets, Bianca Beets, Kevin Beets, Mike Beets