Freddy Dodge is an American professional prospector who is best known for starring in the reality TV series Gold Rush, which airs on Discovery.
Dodge was born on December 30, 1966, in Walden, Colorado, the United States.
He has an older brother, named – Derek Dodge.
Gold Rush is a reality TV show, currently airing on Discovery. It is produced by Raw TV.
The show follows a group of Oregon men, who are hit by financial hard times due to the economic recession. They took a bold decision – to go for gold.
Freddy made his first appearance in the Gold Rush in 2010. He started as a regular with season 3 and started to work with Todd Hoffman. In season 3, the Hoffman crew mined 803oz. of gold earning them more than $1.28 million.
In the fourth season, Freddy left the Hoffman crew and teamed up with his brother, Derek. Later, he reunited with the Hoffman crew members.
At the start of season 5, the Dodge Crew mines the Carmacks claim. At the end of season 5, the Dodge Crew obtains enough gold to make a profit.
Season 6 returned with a two-hour season premiere on October 16, 2015.
Christo Doyle, Gold Rush executive producer, said about Freddy:
“He’s absolutely a salt of the Earth kind of guy. He knows more about gold – where it comes from and how to get it – than anyone in the world.”
Doyle went on to say:
”I would put him up against anybody. He’s the gold guru. The gold guru will be in Season 6 but I will not say how much or what his role is.”
Christo later added:
”I’ve gone to dinner with Freddy Dodge and I could listen to him talk all night about gold, how it has gotten to where it is, where it comes from and best ways to catch it. That’s how he lives his life.”
At the end of season 6, John Schnabel died. This is covered in the special episode – ”Remembering John Schnabel.” Note – at the end of Season 2, John Schnabel suffered a heart attack, however, he survived.
In season 8, Todd Hoffman shuts down his operations to support Freddy as he pleads with the county commissioners to allow him to mine his claim.
Before season 9, both Jack Hoffman and Todd Hoffman departed the series. Following Jack and Todd’s departure from the TV series, prospector Rick Ness took over to claim his place as the new crew leader.
Gold Rush: The Jungle
Freddy has also participated in “Gold Rush: The Jungle,” a special of Gold Rush that aired between Seasons 2 and 3. It originally aired on August 17, 2012.
MSI Mining Equipment
Dodge is part of MSI Mining Equipment, a Colorado-based mining equipment manufacturer.
Numerous pieces of large significant equipment on the Gold Rush television series are manufactured by MSI Mining Equipment. Some of the equipment is:
- Mini Red;
- Gold Jig;
- Gold Table;
- Monster Red;
- Little Red;
- Big Red.
Freddy Dodge got married to Lisa Irene Dodge in April of 1997.
The couple has two daughters, named – Sammi and Nikki.
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In 2017, Dodge made some tests to find out if he has cancer. He said:
”I might have some cancer stuff going on. I gotta go for more testing.”
”I’m just a guy that’s chased gold since I was just a boy.”
”Large gold would never be on the surface in a river system especially in loose sandy and rocky materials!”
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Dave Turin, an American businessman and a former cast member of Gold Rush, said about Freddy:
”I rely on Freddy a lot. He’s brilliant. He’s had so many years of experience.”
Turin also said:
”Freddy and I have designed, oh my goodness, I’ll bet you we’ve designed and built and put together probably five or six different plants together and collaborated on another three or four.”
Freddy Dodge – Net Worth
Dodge earned most of his wealth from starring in the reality television series Gold Rush as well as keeping a part of the gold that they found. In addition, he is part of a company, named – ”MSI Mining Equipment.” Therefore, professional prospector Freddy Dodge has an estimated net worth of $0.8 million.
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