Parker Schnabel is a gold miner and reality television personality from the United States, with an estimated net worth of $8 million. Among his most well-known television roles are those in the long-running reality television series Gold Rush and its offshoot Gold Rush: Parker’s Trail.
Parker Schnabel Early Life
Parker Russell Schnabel was born on July 22, 1994, in the Alaskan town of Haines. Payson Schnabel is his brother’s older brother, and his parents are Roger and Nancy Schnabel. Parker Schnabel has been active in mining since he was five years old. He has a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering. Parker grew up working for Big Nugget Mining Company, which was owned by his grandfather, John Schnabel. Prior to his feet ever touching the pedals, he began driving heavy machinery on the job site.
At the time of his stardom, Parker Schnabel was still a high school student who was a member of the varsity basketball team. Park Parker was an avid adventurer and outdoorsman who planned to pursue a degree in geology or mining studies in college with the goal of returning to his family’s mine in the future.
After graduating, he took over the day-to-day operations of the mine. Parker came in to fill the void left by his grandfather John, who had stepped down from day-to-day operations of the mining enterprise. He took the initiative and led a team of miners who were more than twice his age, demonstrating that he had the potential to find significant amounts of gold.
As a result of his contentious choice to forego attending college and instead seek new fortunes in the Yukon Territory, Parker has become a household name in the mining community. He used money from his own college trust fund to start the business as seed money for it.
Parker Schnabel Reality TV
Parker is one of the subjects of the Discovery Channel television series “Gold Rush Alaska,” popularly known as “Gold Rush,” which premiered in 2010 and is still airing today. Among the episodes in which he appeared, there was one in which he attempted to assist the miners at the Porcupine Creek claim, only to realise that they were completely clueless about what they were doing.
The fourth season of the show follows him as he makes the decision to go out on his own, away from his family’s mining operation. A whopping 1029 ounces of gold was discovered by Parker during his first year of running his own mining company. During the same time period, Schnabel appeared on the reality television series Gold Rush: The Dirt, which ran from 2012 to 2016.
During the 2017 season of Gold Rush: Parker’s Trail, he appeared as a guest star on the reality television series. Throughout the three seasons, he has served as a producer. Parker had mined a total of more than $13 million dollars in gold by the time he is 24 years old.
Parker Schnabel Personal Life
Ashley Youle, a veterinary nurse from Australia, was Parker Schnabel’s girlfriend. She appeared on the reality show, when she was shown working in the Klondike with him. Parker stated in December 2018 that the two had ended their two-year relationship.
The following year, it was reported that he had found a new love in Sheena Cowell, who worked as an assistant producer for his show. He is a self-described workaholic who places a high value on his mining job over his personal life.
He purchased his ideal home in Alaska, a vast estate with all of the contemporary amenities valued at more than $950 thousand dollars. The actor enraged fans in January 2017 when he came to Facebook to declare that the world will soon be introduced to his new baby, only to twist the plot and disclose that the “baby” in question was actually a fur baby–his new dog, whom he adopted.
Parker Schnabel Quotes
“At our mining site, we’ve automated all of that. You run big equipment and your object is to do manual labor the least amount possible, but in South America, and Guyana in particular, South America is all manual labor. Everything that happens is moved by hand, almost. Though there are some excavators.”
“The toughest thing is that it’s very seasonal work and we basically have four months to make a year’s worth of money, not only is it difficult but it is also dangerous because everybody is working long hours, long days … from a safety standpoint, that’s risky.”
“I don’t know, you just kind of get focused on working and most of the time it doesn’t bother you too much. If I need to let some steam off I have a dirt bike and I go for a ride. I love riding my bike.”
“I’d say overall the first time I went out to Dawson was really enjoyable and getting to know everyone there. It’s just a wonderful mining community that’s made up of some of the best people in the world and I’m really glad to have become, or feel like I’m becoming a part of that.”
“There are some big problems on the horizon, some pretty big headwinds are coming. I think it’s a great season of the show and it’s definitely going to be interesting.”