Parker Schnabel was born on 22 July 1994, in Haines, Alaska USA, and is a gold miner as well as a reality television personality, best known from finding popularity through the Discovery Channel show entitled “Gold Rush”. He started taking over the family mine at 16 years of age, and his experience dates back even prior to that point in his life.
The Net Worth of Parker Schnabel
How rich is Parker Schnabel? As of late-2018, sources estimate a net worth that is over $2 million, earned largely through a successful career in gold mining, with a significant amount from his television appearances. As he continues his career, it is expected that his wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life and Gold Mining Beginnings
Very little information is known about Parker’s early life, except that he grew up with his parents and his brother. At a young age he discovered his passion for gold mining and the mining business, learning from his father as well as his grandfather who are mine owners, with his mother encouraging him to join his dad at work. He developed the skills necessary for a miner at a young age, and eventually after his father stepped down from the mining business, he took a step forward and started to handle operations at the family’s Big Nugget mine.
Despite being only 16 years old at the time, he started managing operations, including people who were twice his age. Along with other mining crews in the area, he eventually caught the attention of television producers, who offered them places in a reality television show, which would earn them exposure and extra money. Parker accepted the offer, and became a part of the show entitled “Gold Rush”.
“Gold Rush” premiered in 2010, and follows the gold mining efforts of various family run mining companies, mostly found in Dawson City, Yukon, Canada in the Klondike Region; some of the cast members have also ventured to other regions in North and South America. During the introductory season, the show featured people who travel to Alaska in search of gold, with most of them having little or no experience in gold mining.
As the seasons progressed, the cast members with more equipment and experience are shown in their gold mining efforts. The show then becomes a race to be able to mine the most gold at the end of the season. During his inaugural season, Schnabel attempted to mine from his grandfather’s property, but was unable to find much, ending the season in last place.
He returned the following season to the Big Nugget Mine site, this time with larger, more efficient equipment, managing to cash in gold worth over a quarter million dollars. During the fourth season, he started guest mining on new land near Dawson City with mentor Tony Beets, and was able to break the single season record at 1,029 ounces worth $1.4 million. Prior to this season, Schnabel had decided to forego college, using his college fund to help with his gold mining efforts, and it paid off.
Later Seasons and Reception
This haul only served to fuel Parker’s efforts even further, as during the fifth season he was able to manage 2,538 ounces of gold worth just under $3 million, followed during the sixth season by finishing with 3,372 ounces of gold worth almost $3.5 million, and in the seventh season with 4,300 ounces, worth just over $5 million. He is not looking to stop any time soon, aiming for higher season totals with each subsequent season.
“Gold Rush” was the most watched Friday night program for several demographics, and continued to hold that rating particularly with the male audience in the unscripted cable program category. It became one of the top 10 reality shows from 2015 to 2016, even going over “Fast N’ Loud” and “Alaskan Bush People”. The success of the show has led to several spin-offs and specials, often filmed in other parts of the world.
Personal Life and Social Media
For his personal life, it is known that Parker was in a relationship with Ashley Yule, who made appearances in “Gold Rush” during the time of their relationship. According to reports, he met Ashley while on a trip to Australia, and invited her to the United States to spend some time there. She was seen helping with the crew and even drove trucks, however, during the final episode of the eighth season, it was revealed that the two had broken up. He mentioned that it was his fault as he was focused more on his work instead of the relationship with Ashley, who has since returned home, and has maintained her privacy.
One of the reasons why there is little information about Parker’s life is because he has a very limited presence online. It is understandable as he is already getting his recognition and success through television, as well as through his gold mining business. Many sources state that he is focused on gold and not really that interested in anything else. He does have his own Instagram account, which mainly posts pictures with crew members and some of his gold mining efforts. He still also enjoys travelling around the country and filming, when time allows.