Rick Ness is a gold miner, former musician of “.357 String Band”, and a TV star of “Gold Rush“. He was born on March 5, 1981, in Michigan, Escanaba and grew up there. He moved to Milwaukee, WI in 2003.
Career beginning of Rick Ness:
It is amazing how Rick has shaped his career even plunged in the field unknown to him before. He had several interests growing up, creating music, playing football. The tough looking guy also worked with Heavy machinery in his family construction company which later turned out to be his breakthrough career in Gold Mining. He joined discovery TV show “Gold Rush” in its third season (2012/2013).
College and Football
Rick attended Escanaba Area High School and graduated in the class of 1999. He played football in College, at the time it looked a bright future in the sport. Unfortunately, before Rick could spread his wings, he suffered a career-ending head injury.
Transition to Music
After the sportsman career ended, Rick turned to create music. He moved to Wisconsin with his mother in 2003 and became a band member of “.357 string band” which was officially formed in 2004. He played upright bass. On how Rick came to join the music band, he revealed to Monster and Critics.
” I must have been 22 or 23 years old. I went to a concert to see a different band. But this other band was opening up. Their bass was terrible…I mean absolutely awful. So I approached them after the show. And asked them to give me a shot. And that’s how I ended up in the band. That was around 2003.”
During the time of existence, the band released three albums – 2006’s Ghost Town, 2008’s Fire & Hail and 2010’s Lightning From The North. After the band split in late 2011, some turned to solo music career while Rick plunged in gold mining.
Rick and Gold Mining
The former musician becoming a gold miner is an interesting story. Rick was still in the band when he met young gold mining prospect, Parker Schnabel.
After touring around the world, .357 band had came to stop at the Southeast Alaskan State Fair Rick. Rick got acquainted with Parker there. Although no previous experience in mining Rick expressed interest in working with Schnabel. The only thing that could relate him to mining was his experience of running heavy machinery in his family-owned construction company while in Escanaba.
Surprisingly Parker called him nine months later. Rick began to work under Parker and discovery channel reality show “Gold Rush” from the third season. He operated the excavator and rock truck and went on to become an effective operator in a loader, dozer, and grader for Parker.
With the ability to handle crew and work under pressure, let alone his skills with heavy equipment, Rick was ambitious to go further than just a mere crew. No at surprise, Parker promoted him to foreman.
After six years under him, Rick left to mine his own gold. Rick can be seen running his own crew and mining own gold in current ninth season of Gold Rush.
What is Rick Ness net worth?
The rising gold mine boss current estimated net worth is $600,000. The net worth is accounted to the earning from the TV show and gold mining.
Rick Ness Family: Father, Mother died of cancer, and twin brother
Rick Ness is the son of Richard Ness and Judy Marie Bedard. He shares the birthday March 5, 1981, with his twin brother Randy Ness. Randy is a mechanic and works in the family construction company. His grandfather Roy Ness formed Roy Ness Contracting and Sales Inc in Michigan, Escanaba.
Rick Ness father and mother divorced years ago. Judy moved to Rhinelander area, Michigan in 2003. Thereafter Rick also made his home in Michigan with his mother. She ran a sandwich shop named “Subby’s” on Brown Street. In 2006 she joined the Oneida County Sheriff’s Department as a secretary and for a short time as a corrections officer.
Rick mother, Judy suffered from cancer and eventually lost the battle. She died at the untimely age of 55, on March 20, 2018. Rick was with her during the time of passing.
Is Rick Ness married, his wife?
It is hard to believe how the reality star has lived without being married. His brother of same age Randy is married to Jen Ness and extend further family with children. Rick is not married but an obvious question that fans raises is, he must be content with a wonderful relationship with girlfriend.
The reality star boasts fame through the discovery show, Gold Rush. He is often vocal supporting his family member and showing love for them in social media. However he has not given any indication of currently dating anyone. We can assume he is be single otherwise he likes to keep his love affair private.
More about Rick Ness
Other than gold mining, Rick lives his life like normal people seeking pleasure in smallest things. He likes to live an adventurous life and have new experiences. He is a “Tattoo Headed” person and has inked different places in his body. In free times Rick enjoys riding motorbikes.