Emily Riedel

Emily Riedel
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Emily Riedel is the name of an American famous TV personality, gold miner, and a would-be opera singer, who is better known for her appearance as a star of the Discovery Channel’s reality TV series Bering Sea Gold.

The star also has an extraordinary passion for music and she is also a professional as an opera singer.


Emily was born in Alaska USA, into a white American family of unknown descent. She celebrates her birthday on July 4 and was born in 1988, which makes her age 32 this year.

Her father Steve Riedel, a famous deckhand, diver, and captain in the series Bering Sea Gold. Emily raised in Alaska with a brother and sister. They grew up through quite a rough childhood, as her family struggled with finances. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in vocal performance from the University of South Carolina


When she was in college, she used worked part-time to help her parents pay for her education. Later she finds a way to fund her studies at a European opera conservatory while she doing her graduation. However, her father also suggested her to making a career in gold mining operations.

But she started her career as an Opera singer before teaming up with her father in the gold mining business. As working in the music field did not appear promising for Riedel at the time, and with the employment environment being poor, she decided to give gold dredging a try, an industry far from what she’d studied.

While still a young girl, she fell in love with classical music, having the dream of becoming an opera singer one day. When she was in college, she worked part-time to help her parents pay for her education. But it was complex to funding both her schooling and her passion for opera singing.

So she started looking for a job upon her graduation, hoping to find a way to fund her studies at a European opera conservatory. She came to Nome, Alaska to visit her childhood friend Zeke Tenhoff for the summer in 2012. That time she was offered for a part-time summer job in gold-dredging with him and his crew.

Emily toiled in one of her friend’s boat as a deckhand daily before returning to her shack several miles from the city. Later she moved to another boat as captain by her friend called The Edge. Subsequently, she became the captain of her own boat called The Erotica Mining, which she bought from Tenhoff, the only female captain and dredge owner in Alaska.

She moved to  Nome, Alaska, to visit her childhood friend Zeke Tenhoff in 2012 and carrying only $300 in her pockets. She was offered by Zeke for a part-time summer job in gold-dredging with him and his crew. Gold dredging is a profession which she had already learned from her father.

According to the source, she was given the job of a deckhead on Zeke’s ship known as The Clark. Later she worked on The Edge which was captained by Zeke himself. Later she to another boat captained by her friend called The Edge.

Eventually, her summer job in gold mining became a fully-fledged occupation she fell in love with. Fater that she bought a boat called The Erotica Mining, which she bought from Tenhoff. And became the first female dredge owner and captain in Alaska. After some time Emily and her crew got an opportunity by a team of the reality television series “Bering Sea Gold” in 2013. The reality television series produced for Discovery Channel by Original Productions.


Emily has been a full-time cast member of the show since its first season. In the first season, she appeared as diver and deckhand in the first two seasons. Later she becoming a captain in the third one. Her show Bering Sea Gold is on its 10th Season which was released in the month of June in 2018.

Moreover, Emily appeared as a guest on various talk shows, such as The Larry King Show, The Insider, The Steve Harvey Show who recently trading for his wife Marjorie Elaine Harvey, and many more.

Personal Life

Talking about her personal life, she is single. Reportedly, Emily was in a relationship with her once friend and fellow cast member Tenhoff. Their relationship was strenuous and full of drama. After some time, they eventually realized that there were too many differences between them which after some time began causing weariness.

Later they separated with mutual consent. After their separation, they even tried staying friends, but that apparently made the situation even more strenuous, and therefore they called it quits. Since then, Riedel has not been in any relationship.


  • Emily was born on 4 July 1988, in Alaska.
  • Her parents were involved with the fishing business, her father being Steve Riedel, the deckhand, captain, and diver featured in  Bering Sea Gold.
  • She was raised in Homer, Alaska.
  • Emily has a brother and a sister.
  • While she was a young girl, she has a deep passion for classical music.
  • She visits her childhood friend Zeke Tenhoff for the summer, carrying only $300 in her pockets.
  • Riedel’s height 5ft 0 ins and reputedly weighs 148lbs (67 kgs).
  • She has amassed wealth estimated at over $250,000, as of late 2019.
  • Her involvement with the Bering Sea Gold show, which plays a major role in influencing her wealth.