Father to Todd Hoffman, Jack Hoffman is the patriarch of a famous mining family that appears on Discovery’s reality TV show, Gold Rush. Even though he already left the show, the miner is one of the leading stars of the new series titled “Hoffman Family Gold”. As of 2022, Jack Hoffman has a net worth of $1 million.
Jack was born on September 15, 1947, in Oregon, United States. His parents are Andy and Brie Hoffman. His father loved fishing and hunting, and young Jack was inspired to imitate him.
A few months after he turned 18, he received a letter informing him that he had been recruited into the Vietnam War. In the military, he was trained to be a bush pilot, flying small planes to remote areas.
After his service, the Oregon native briefly worked in the real estate industry. He eventually got bored and followed some of his friends who tried mining for gold.
Hoffman first tried his hand at mining in the 1980s. However, the aspiring miner was met with a string of failed digging attempts. He almost lost everything he owned because of this.
Despite his fruitless endeavors, Jack remained enthusiastic about gold mining. This enthusiasm was handed down to his family. His son, Todd was also bitten by the gold bug.
Todd chose to move to Alaska and search for gold in 2010. Jack chose to assist his son in his gold excursions, which proved to be quite lucrative. Their decision to relocate also led them to star in Discovery Channel’s reality show Gold Rush.
In season one of Gold Rush, the Hoffman crew became a focus of the show. Most of them were unemployed friends of Todd who were only looking for a way to recover financially.
Thankfully, they found success digging in Porcupine Creek. Later on, they transferred to the Klondike in Canada. In season five, many of Todd’s men left him, but Jack Hoffman stayed by his son’s side. The father-son duo continued to mine, but they ultimately left Gold Rush in season eight.
After his departure, some fans asked if he had passed away, but Jack is still alive; he had just taken a break from mining. He and his family made their return in 2022 on a new Discovery reality show, “Hoffman Family Gold”.
Net Worth and Earnings
It is reported that Jack Hoffman made around $10,000 for every episode of Gold Rush. However, the seasoned miner’s earnings on his more recent reality show haven’t been revealed yet.
He also gets a considerable cut when his mining crew strikes gold. It is estimated that the Hoffman family has uncovered 6,000 ounces of gold in total. Jack currently holds a net worth of $1 million.
Jack met his wife, Georgia, when he was 15, and the pair immediately got married when they turned 18. They were blessed with two children, a son named Todd and a daughter named Tamara. Georgia also used to appear on Gold Rush occasionally.