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. Doumitt is a likable character, he previously worked for Todd Hoffman but moved over to join Parker Schnabel’s crew. As of 2023, Chris Doumitt has an estimated net worth of $400,000.
Doumitt was born on August 17, 1951 in Portland, Oregon. You might be surprised to find out he is of Arab descent but not much is known about his family background.
Chris was raised on a farm, and often helped his father with machinery. During this time, he picked up basic skills that would later help his career. He also became a master marksman and is a keen hunter.
The Oregon native used to be an instructor on gun safety at the Sandy Police Department and worked in construction. Before embarking on a career in the Klondike, he worked as a plant carpenter for 25 years.
Becoming a Miner
Chris’ journey into mining happened by complete luck. In 2010, he was asked to build a cabin for his friend, Greg Remsburg. Greg was working as a construction expert for the Hoffman family.
The job was expected to be finished in ten days, but Doumitt ended up staying for five months. During that time, he spent a lot of time with Todd Hoffman’s crew, learning about gold mining. The Hoffman crew were entertaining, but unfortunately they couldn’t find gold in a jewellery store.
On Gold Rush, Chris Doumitt became known for his strong work ethic and positive attitude. Even though he had no prior mining experience, he became a crucial member of the Hoffman crew.
Viewers may have noticed, Doumitt enjoys smoking cigars! He decided to use this passion to make money, Chris owns a business selling cigars and accessories on his website, DoumittCigar.com. His company also sells 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 earns a salary working for Parker Schnabel and gets extra income from his cigar and golf equipment company. All of 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.