BACKGROUND: Farming, Construction
HOMETOWN: Dawson City, Yukon Territory via Burgwerd, Netherlands
Tony Beets is as legendary in the Klondike for his gold finding skills as he is for his colorful language. Before Tony came to Dawson City in 1984, he made ends meet by milking cows, and then worked in pipeline construction. Tony is a hard-nosed businessman who now runs an enormous gold mine near Dawson City called Paradise Hill. In the off-season Tony and his family live in Arizona.
Tony was first featured in season two, when he advised greenhorn Todd Hoffman that the secret to successful gold mining was to drill test holes. Tony reappeared in season four leasing land to Parker Schnabel and mentoring him through his rookie season of gold mining in the Klondike.
A force to be reckoned with, this year Tony has an audacious plan to resurrect a 75-year-old gold-mining dredge, and drag it clanking and screeching into the 21st century. Tony has spent $1 million buying the dredge, and believes it has the potential to mine up to $7.5m in gold in just one season. That is, if he can get it to work.