Fred Lewis net worth 2022: How rich is the gold rush miner?

When Gold Rush reality TV star and operator Rick Ness decided to leave Parker Schnabel’s mining team, the one who took his place was Fred Lewis. He previously served in the US Army as a Special Forces medic. Now he is one of the most trusted men in Parker’s business. As of 2022, Fred Lewis has an estimated net worth of $1.6 million.


Fred was born on November 24, 1977 and grew up in Maine, USA. Outside of his work and military background, not much is known of his early life. He rarely talks about his childhood.

He worked in the military as a special forces medical sergeant. He served in Korea, Iraq, Africa and Afghanistan during his service. Once he taught the Korean language to his fellow soldiers. As a doctor, he cared for the sick, delivered babies and performed dental work.

However, his military career was cut short after 14 years when he was hit by sniper fire. In 2011, he left the army and studied web design. He also earned a master’s degree in education.

Post-military career

Before going to college, Lewis worked briefly in the agricultural industry. After graduating from college, the veteran felt lost and jumped from job to job.

He taught biology in high school and history in middle school. As a teacher, Fred was also involved in extracurricular activities and coached volleyball and wrestling teams.

Before joining the cast of Gold Rush, Fred Lewis became a contestant on another reality series called American Ninja Warrior. He received intense training with other retired army friends.

Join the Gold Rush

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, he struggled more with work. So he turned to gold mining. Lewis first appeared on the spin-off show “Gold Rush: Parker’s Trail”. It debuted in the main series in Season 11 but has yet to find much mining success.

Fred was not originally portrayed as a miner in the series, but rather as extra labor. With his experience, he was hired as a nurse and a member of the security team in the exploration of Parker Schnabel in Papua, New Guinea.

When Parker and his foreman Rick Ness had conflicts of interest, Rick left the team. Lewis became his replacement. He put together a team of former soldiers injured on the battlefield.

Net worth and earnings

The average cast member salary for each episode of Gold Rush ranges from $10,000 to $25,000. As one of the new faces on the show, Fred’s per-episode salary might be closer to the starting figure.

However, before that, Lewis had already built up a substantial fortune. He served in the military and had several jobs afterward. Currently, his net worth is estimated at $1.6 million, enough to make him one of the richest players in Gold Rush.

Private life

Fred Lewis is married to a woman named Khara. They started dating in 2006 and have been together for 14 years now. The couple was blessed with four children: two girls and two boys.

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