Rick Ness Biography: Wife, Age, Twitter, Net Worth, Crew, Wiki, News, Family, Kids

Posted By Lorenza Nicholas April 16, 2024


Richard Ness (born March 5, 1981), widely recognized as Rick Ness, is a prominent American gold miner, musician, and reality TV star. 

He rose to prominence through his role on the popular Discovery Channel series Gold Rush. Initially joining Parker Schnabel‘s mining crew as a rookie, Rick Ness swiftly showcased his expertise as a heavy equipment operator, solidifying his position as an indispensable asset to the team.

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Wiki Facts & About Data
Full Name: Richard Ness
Stage Name: Rick Ness
Born: 5 March 1981 (age 43 years old)
Place of Birth: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Nationality: American
Education: Escanaba Area High School
Height: 1.85 m
Parents: Richard Ness Sr., Judy Marie Bedard
Siblings: Randy Ness
Spouse: Not Married
Girlfriend • Partner: Leese Marie (2021)
Children: N/A
Occupation: Gold Miner • TV Personality
Net Worth: $3 million (USD)

Early Life & Education

Rick Ness, a familiar face on reality television, was born on March 5, 1981, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His parents, Richard Ness Sr. (father) and Judy Marie Bedard (mother) provided the backdrop for his upbringing.

Growing up in a family entrenched in the construction business, Ness was immersed in heavy machinery operations from an early age, often alongside his twin brother, Randy Ness. During his formative years, Ness harbored a fervor for football and music alongside his construction endeavors.

His high school journey at Escanaba Area High School saw him excelling in both fields, actively participating in football and musical pursuits. Graduating from Escanaba in 1999, Rick Ness ventured into college football, though his sports aspirations were cut short due to a head injury.


After his football career ended, Rick Ness pivoted towards music, seeking solace and passion in the melodies he created. In 2003, alongside his mother, Judy Marie Bedard, he moved to Milwaukee, where he became a pivotal member of the .357 String Band, officially formed in 2004. With his adept skills on the upright bass, Rick traversed the globe, accompanying the band on their musical journey.

During their time together, the .357 String Band released three albums: Ghost Town (2006), Fire & Hail (2008), and Lightning From The North (2010). However, in 2011, the band went their separate ways, prompting Rick to seek a new adventure: gold mining in Alaska.

Rick Ness‘ path intersected with that of Gold Rush star Parker Schnabel during a music festival in 2006. While performing with his band at the Southeast Alaskan State Fair, Rick expressed interest in joining Parker‘s mining endeavors despite lacking prior experience in the field. However, his proficiency in operating heavy machinery, honed during his family’s construction business in Escanaba, served as a common ground.

Beyond Gold RushRick Ness has appeared on various mining and adventure-themed television shows. Notably, he joined Parker Schnabel‘s crew in Gold Rush: Parker’s Trail from 2017 to 2018, embarking on mining expeditions in Papua New Guinea and Guyana across two seasons.

Social Media

  • Instagram handle:(@thebigrickness)
  • Facebook handle: Rick Ness 
  • Twitter handle: (@GoldrushRick) 

Personal Life

Rick Ness‘ romantic journey has been a focal point on both television screens and social media platforms. His partner, Leese Marie, became a familiar face during the Gold Rush in 2021, sharing in Rick‘s mining adventures. 

However, their love story has been marked by ups and downs, with the couple experiencing multiple separations and reunions.

Net Worth

Rick Ness‘ net worth is approximately $3 million, stemming from his ventures as a gold miner and musician, as well as his presence on reality television.

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