Who is Emily Riedel?
Emily Riedel was born on 4 July 1988, in the United States of America, and is a gold miner as well as a reality television personality, best known for being one of the stars of the television series “Bering Sea Gold”, which airs on the Discovery Channel.
The Wealth of Emily Riedel
How rich is Emily Riedel? As of late-2018, sources inform us of a net worth that is over $250,000, earned largely through a successful career in gold mining, plus a significant amount of wealth from her work on television. As she continues her career, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.
Early LifeEmily was born into a family of fishermen and divers, with her father being a well-known fisherman, but who at some point in his career discovered gold digging as a lucrative endeavor. At a young age, she was very interested in music, and wanted to pursue opera singing. She learned how to fish from her father, but decided to take vocal training and looked for schools that could lead her to a career in opera. After matriculating from high school, she enrolled into the University of North Carolina’s School of Arts, but had a lot of financial difficulty with university expenses, and when after some time she received a call from her friend, who invited her to a career in gold digging in Nome, Alaska, off she went. Seeing the potential of a big financial payout, and with the experience of her father who worked the same field, she started working on the vessel called “The Clark” as a deckhand. Zeke who invited her was her childhood friend, and he served as the captain of the boat which was built from scratch in 2008. The duo along with their crew would become a part of the television show “Bering Sea Gold”.
My beloved Yamaha 115 was laid to rest, and now we have a very slow (but very functional!) 40 horse on the skiff. Missing having a steering wheel and going fast… #yamaha4life #yamahamotor
Bering Sea Gold
The Discovery Channel reality television show is set in Nome, on the Norton Sound which is an inlet of the Bering Sea on the western coast of Alaska. The series is produced by the same creators of “Deadliest Catch”, and since the inception of “Bering Sea Gold” it has been holding one of the highest Friday night ratings of cable telecasts. The show follows boats equipped with various gold mining equipment during the summer, when they can mine in shallow water. Each ship is equipped with a sluicing apparatus, a cold water diving life support system, and a means of dredging.
Similar to “Deadliest Catch”, the crew often becomes involved in issues such as inconsistent fuel delivery, choppy seas, poor underwater visibility, as well as personnel issues. They also have to consider diver safety, sufficient pay dirt, mining collection rights, and possible equipment failures. Their spring dredging season is also aired, under the title “Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice”. While originally a deckhand on the boat named The Clark, Emily then moved to the ship called The Edge, captained by Zeke’s younger brother Gabriel “Gabe” Tenhoff, on which she also worked as a deckhand.
After agony with my outboards I got these amazing motors! Thanks Dewey's Cook Inlet for making this happen & quickly! pic.twitter.com/tKfy91uPzU
— Emily Riedel (@EmilyRiedel23) June 9, 2015
Later Seasons and Other Projects
During the third season of the show, Riedel would become the captain of The Edge, which she renamed The Eroica. This season led her to become a competitor of her father, who is the captain of the boat called Minnow. However, during the middle of the season, she failed to turn up for work for over two consecutive weeks, leading her divers to leave. During the fourth season she became the captain of The Eroica once more, and had two divers with her, with one leaving in the middle of the season declaring that he was too broke to live in Nome.
Her other diver then left after an argument with Emily, and she was forced to bring in another diver as she was left with no crew. Her ship had a set of floats with suction dredge equipment. She also joined “Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice” during its second season, serving as the deckhand on Steve’s World on Ice captained by her father. During the third season, she tried to captain on her own using The Eroica, then things changed during the fourth season, as she became a co-owner and deckhand of The Clark alongside Zeke Tenhoff.
For her personal life, it has been reported that Emily is single, though she is known to be in an on and off again relationship with childhood friend and “Bering Sea Gold” co-star Zeke Tenhoff. She mentioned that Zeke and her father were a big influence on her life, but she prefers to work with Zeke as she tends to get into arguments with her father. Despite being the only lone participant in the show, she emerged as one of the most efficient workers in procuring gold.
She mentioned in an interview that she can’t imagine getting very far if she had pursued higher education and opera singing, although it’s known that she returned to school to study astrophysics, and actually tried opera. There was also one occasion that she nearly drowned while diving as she ran out of oxygen. Similar to numerous television personalities, she is highly active online through social media accounts, on Instagram and Twitter, which promoted episodes of “Bering Sea Gold” until its finale in 2015. However, since the end of the show, she hasn’t posted much on Twitter, but her Instagram account is still filled with pictures of her going on gold digging expeditions, which remains a part of her daily life.