What is Emily Riedel's net worth? Bering Sea Gold's only female captain studied opera before mining

Being Alaska's first and only female dredging captain is no easy feat, but Emily Riedel's prowess remains undefeated

                            What is Emily Riedel's net worth? Bering Sea Gold's only female captain studied opera before mining
Emily Riedel of 'Bering Sea Gold' (@emsau1/ Instagram)

If there is anything that can be said about Emily Riedel, it's that she can hold her own in a field that's dominated by men. A third-generation Alaskan miner, Riedel began her career most unexpectedly but has forged a path for herself nonetheless.

With 'Bering Sea Gold' entering its 13th season, the show has been on the air for 10 years now. This season proves to be just as exciting as ever, and now, Riedel has a lot on the line, seeing that she has to pick between operating a second dredge or joint the claim battle in Nome.


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Mining was not her career of choice

Born in 1988 in California, Riedel is a third-generation Alaskan. Her father is miner Steve Riedel, although not much is known about her mother. She also has two other siblings. Riedel displayed a keen interest in music and studied opera.

However, in 2012, she decided to try her hand at mining, to help fund her education, seeing that she needed the cash to study abroad in Vienna, Austria. She started as a deckhand on 'The Clark,' alongside her childhood friend, Ezekiel 'Zeke' Tenhoff.

It wasn't long before she realized that she had developed a passion for the same and that mining in Nome is where the money is at, literally. In a conversation with Medium, Riedel explained that there was never a boring moment at work. "One of the benefits of this career is that there is no shortage of interesting stories," she added.

"There’s the time we had orcas swimming around the boat with a diver down, the time the outboards failed and we almost wrecked on the rocks of the jetty, the time the sluice box fell off right when we were on amazing gold (the sluice box is where the gold that we suck up gets deposited, hopefully) the time a sudden squall almost sunk the boat…and many, many more!" She said.

Mining in Nome is not for the faint of heart, and Riedel maintains that hers is a role that she's grown into, seeing that she is the captain of her own vessel, Eroica. 'Disobey Fear,' is a quote Riedel subscribes to. "I have struggled with intense anxiety for most of my life, and this quote helps me to focus on rising above the reactions of my body and mind," she added.




Her current net worth is...

As of this year, Riedel currently has a net worth of $250,000, as reported by Wealthy Genius. However, depending on how the season goes, there is a chance of this number increasing. 




Riedel is also engaged 

Her relationship with Zeke Tenhoff was a major angle in previous seasons, seeing that the former flames often found themselves working with each other. The two kept it strictly about business and now, Riedel even has a new man in her life.

Not much is known about him, other than the fact that her brother Paul was instrumental in the two of them meeting and that the couple is happily engaged. In a recent post of the two, Riedel spoke about how they meet — "One year ago we had our first date at my Homer cabin in the midst of pandemic madness. Thx to my brother Paul for being a one-time matchmaker. Also, for this dope sauna. Also, thank God for this gent. @paulriedelcarpentry"





Catch 'Bering Sea Gold' on Fridays at 9 pm/ 8 pm ET on Discovery and on discovery+.

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