GOLD RUSH 5

GOLD RUSH 5

Rick Ness.

Photo by: Jason Elias

Jason Elias

How Ten Years has Changed the Gold Rush Mine Bosses

See who's had the most drastic transformation throughout ten years of Gold Rush.

To celebrate 10 years of Gold Rush, we're taking a look back at each of the miners to see how a life in the dirt has changed them for the better.

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Parker Schnabel, Rick Ness, and Tony Beets have all come a long way. See photos of the mine bosses from the very beginning of Gold Rush to the start of season 10.

How Ten Years has Changed the Gold Rush Mine Bosses

See who's had the most drastic transformation throughout ten years of Gold Rush.

As a teenager, Parker Schnabel became a serious gold miner. His love of mining began with his grandfather and mentor, John Schnabel. In 2018 alone, Parker mined a record-breaking 6,000 ounces in gold, worth $7.2 million. Not bad for a 25 year old.

Rick started out with no mining experience before joining Parker's crew in 2012, but did have some heavy machinery knowledge from his family's construction business.. While working for Parker, Rick quickly rose through the ranks to become foreman. Then in 2018 Rick set off to invest his whole savings in starting his own mining operation. Luckily the big gamble paid off, and Rick broke a new rookie season record, mining over 1,000 ounces of gold.

Tony Beets moved to Canada from Holland over 25 years ago to start a mining business. Assisted by his wife and children, Tony has become a formidable mine boss. With an intimidating beard to match, Tony's come a long way from milking cows.

To see what other changes are in store for the mine bosses, tune into the 2-hour season premiere of Gold Rush Friday Oct 11 at 9p on Discovery and the Discovery GO app.