Most cast members on Gold Rush today haven’t been with the show since it first started in 2010. However, former plant carpenter Chris Doumitt is still on the show. He is a likable character and used to work as a miner for Todd Hoffman, but he’s now with Parker Schnabel’s crew. As of 2023, Chris Doumitt has an estimated net worth of $400,000.
Doumitt is from Portland, Oregon, and was born sometime in the 1960s. He is of Arab descent. However, he is a secretive man, so not much is known about his family background.
He was raised on a farm, and he learned to drive a tractor at a very young age. Chris grew up learning many different skills. He became a master marksman and hunter.
The hard-working man used to be an instructor on gun safety at the Sandy Police Department. He was also fond of construction. Before embarking on a career in the Klondike, he served as a plant carpenter for around 25 years.
Becoming a Miner
Chris became a miner by chance. In 2010, he was asked to construct a cabin for his friend, Greg Remsburg. Greg was working as a construction expert for the Hoffman family.
The job was expected to be done in ten days, but Doumitt ended up staying for five months. During that time, he spent a lot of time with Todd Hoffman and his crew, learning about gold mining. The Hoffman crew are entertaining, but unfortunately they wouldn’t find gold in a jewellery store.
Consequently, he became an original cast member of the reality show on Discovery’s Gold Rush. It documents the lives of miners striving to find gold in places such as Alaska.
On Gold Rush, Chris Doumitt became known for his remarkable work ethic and positive attitude. Even though he had no prior digging experience, he became a crucial member of the Hoffman crew.
However, he ultimately decided to part ways with the original group and work for Parker Schnabel in season four. Not long after, he became one of the most trusted men in Parker’s crew along with Rick Ness.
Doumitt was also noted by viewers for his heavy consumption of cigars. With this, he started a business selling cigars and accessories on his website, DoumittCigar.com. His company also markets supplies for his other favorite hobby, golf.
Net Worth and Earnings
As one of the stars with the most appearances on Gold Rush, Chris is expected to make a substantial amount from the show. It is reported that Chris Doumitt is paid $25,000 per episode.
The reliable miner also gets a salary working for Parker Schnabel. He also gets extra income from his cigar and golf equipment sales. All his ventures give him an estimated net worth of $400,000.
Chris has been married for more than four decades to his wife, Sharon. They’ve been blessed with two children. But it wasn’t all good news for the loving couple.
In 2016, Chris almost lost everything when his van and legal documents were stolen. The following year, Sharon battled cancer while Chris dealt with back surgery. Thankfully, both of them are back to normal now.