Emily Riedel wiki/bio, age, net worth, husband, kids, career, facts.

Dredging for gold around Alaska is a job that is primarily occupied by men and over the years women have made their way around. Meet female Gold dredger Emily Riedel who doubles down as a reality television actor of Bering Sea Gold. She has been actively involved in dredging for over a decade and while her journey has been nothing short of challenging, Ridel has risen to all the challenges presented in front of her. Emily hopes to inspire the younger generation to break female-centric stereotypes. In this article, we will bring everything to know about this television personality including her affair before settling with her husband.

Emily Riedel is a famous American TV personality, opera singer, and gold miner. She is famous for her appearance in the Discovery Channel’s reality show named, Bering Sea Gold. She has a net worth of $500, 000 as of 2023. 

Bering Sea Gold star Emily Riedel
Emily Riedel

Early Life:

Emily Riedel was born on July 4, 1988, in Homer, Alaska, United States. She is the daughter of  Steve Riedle, a fellow gold miner and reality television star and Anne Riedel. Riedel had humble beginnings and was raised alongside a brother and a sister. As a young girl, Emily fell in love with classical music and wanted to make a career in it. When Emily was in high school, her mother relocated from Alaska to North Carolina and introduced her to UNCSA as an option for college. Emily was nervous about attending a conservatory, as she had not studied the academic aspects of music, such as theory, sight reading and piano. To prepare herself, she took part in a summer intensive that filled some of the gaps in her musical education and helped her audition successfully for the vocal performance program.

Music education and unfulfilled aspiration:

Emily faced many challenges and hardships as a new student at UNCSA. She had an unusual and sporadic early education and felt intimidated by her new classmates who were very skilled and experienced. She also struggled with balancing her arts and academic classes. However, she did not give up on her dream of becoming an opera singer. She worked hard to improve her musical and academic skills with the help of supportive faculty members in both the School of Music and the Division of Liberal Arts.

Emily graduated from UNCSA with a Bachelor of Music degree and had aspirations of pursuing a Master’s degree in opera singing in Vienna, Austria. However, her plans changed when her childhood friend Zeke Tenhoff invited her to join him in Nome for a summer job as a deckhand on his gold dredging boat. Emily accepted the offer, hoping to earn enough money to fund her studies abroad. She soon discovered that she had a knack and passion for gold mining and decided to stay in Nome and pursue it as a career.

Professional Career:

Emily Riedel is a multifaceted personality who has pursued careers in opera singing, gold mining, and reality television. She is best known for her role as the only female captain and dredge owner in the Discovery Channel’s show Bering Sea Gold, which documents the lives and challenges of gold miners in Nome, Alaska. She began as a deckhand in  Zeke Tenhoff’s  vessel “The Clark.” Emily faced many challenges and hardships as a woman in a male-dominated industry, but she persevered and proved herself as a capable and successful gold miner. She worked her way up from being a deckhand to becoming a dredge owner and captain of The Eroica, one of the most advanced dredges in Nome. She also became one of the main cast members of Bering Sea Gold, which has been airing since 2012 and has gained a loyal fan base.

Bering Sea Gold:

Emily joined the cast of Bering Sea Gold in 2012 and in her debut season, she worked as deckhand of “The Clark.” She went on to work as a diver for “The Edge” during the second season. In the third season, Emily acquired her own dredging vessel “The Eroica” and captained solo. During the fifth season, she hired an all-female divers crew which shows her eagerness to involve more females in the field of gold dredging. She also introduced Jane Kilcher to the world of gold dredging aboard her ship and showed her the ropes. Emily Riedel since making her debut has made over 140 episode appearances on Bering Sea Gold until 2023.

Emily Riedel

More television appeareances:

In addition to Bering Sea Gold, Emily has been part of its spin-offs “Bering Sea Gold: Under The Ice,” Bering Sea Gold: After The Dredge, and ” Bering Sea Gold: Before the Dredge.” She also appeared in one episode of “Gold Rush: The Dirt” in 2020.

Opera Singing:

Emily has not given up on her opera singing passion, though. She continued to practice and perform as an opera singer alongside her mining work. She has performed locally in Alaska, as well as collaborating with other musicians on various projects. 

Social Media Presence:

Emily Riedel has a strong social media presence on various platforms. She has a Facebook page with over 308K followers, where she posts updates about her personal and professional life, as well as photos and videos of her gold mining adventures. She also has a YouTube channel with over 139K subscribers, where she uploads videos every Wednesday and sometimes shorts as well. Her videos are about her life and adventures as a gold miner in Nome, Alaska. She also shares her passion for music and singing, as well as some behind-the-scenes footage of her reality show Bering Sea Gold. She also has an Instagram account with over 80K followers, where she posts more photos and videos of her gold mining and singing activities. She also has a Twitter account with over 14.3K followers, where she tweets about various topics related to gold mining, opera, and Alaska.

Net Worth:

Emily Riedel lives in a lavish apartment in Anchorage, Alaska, where she also owns a gold dredge called The Eroica. She also has owned several cars over the years. As of 2023, Emily Riedel has a net worth of $500,000.

Personal Life

Relationship with Zeke Tenhoff:

Although, Emily did date her friend and fellow actor Zeke Tenhoff back in the day. But the pair eventually realized that there were too many differences between them. And while the pair called time on their relationship, they have continued to stay friends. This was evident during the “Bering Sea Gold” in 2016 when Zeke reluctantly turned to Emily. To help Zeke who was short on cash, Emily partnered with him. With Zeke functioning as the engineer and Emily as the bank, the pair enjoyed moderate success, and Zeke was back on his feet.

Emily Riedel separated from ex boyfriend
Emily Riedel and her former boyfriend Zeke Tenhoff

Meeting Alex Torkey and marriage:

Emily met her boyfriend Alex Trokey in April 2020 after being introduced by her brother Paul Riedel. However, she kept her relationship private for the time being. She only made it public in January 2021 dropping the news of their marriage. Emily and Alex tied the knot with wedding nuptials on May 7, 2021. So far they have given birth to a baby daughter, Evie Torkey who was born on March 29, 2022.

Physical and Personality traits:

Emily Rieded has a standing height of 5 feet 9 inches. She has hourglass body features and embodies hazel green eyes and blonde hair. Her zodiac sign is cancer and according to the horoscope readings she possesses the personality traits of being selfless, nurturing, and devoted.


Emily Riedel likes to style in casual and comfortable. She often wears jeans, t-shirts, hoodies, jackets, and hats. She also wears sunglasses, gloves, and boots when she is working on the gold dredge. She sometimes wears dresses, skirts, and blouses when she is not mining or singing. She also likes to accessorize with earrings, necklaces, and bracelets.

Wiki/Bio Facts

Full nameEmily Riedel
Other NamesEmily Riedel Torkey, Emily Torkey
Age34 years old
Date of BirthJuly 4, 1988
Place of BirthHomer, Alaska, United States
ParentsSteve Riedle, Anne Riedel
Ethnicity Caucasian
EducationUniversity of North Carolina School of the Arts
ProfessionGold Miner, Reality Television Personality
Net worth$500,000
Ex-boyfriendZeke Tenhoff
Marital StatusMarried
HusbandAlex Torkey (m. 2021-present)
ChildrenEvie Torkey
Eye ColorHazel Green
Hair ColorBlonde
Height5 feet 9 inches
Zodiac SignCancer
SiblingsPaul Riedel

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