BACKGROUND: Farming, Construction
HOMETOWN: Dawson City, Yukon Territory via Wijdenes, Netherlands
Tony Beets is legendary in the Klondike for his gold finding skills and his colorful language. Before Tony came to Dawson City in 1984 from the province of Friesland in Holland, he made ends meet by milking cows and working 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 series two, where he advised greenhorn Todd Hoffman that the secret to successful gold mining was to drill test holes. Tony reappeared in season four when he leased land to Parker Schnabel, and mentored 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 one million dollars buying the dredge and believes it has the potential to mine up to $1.5m in gold in just one season. That is, if he can get it to work.