Anthony Petrello, CEO of Nabors Industries, is living the American Dream. He has risen from a middle-class background to earn degrees in mathematics and law and become one of America’s highest paid CEOs. Petrello has used consistent hard work, his natural gifts and creative thinking to forge his unique career path. Along the way he has also found ways to give to the less fortunate by helping children suffering with neurological disorders. This has made Petrello worthy of praise an admiration.
While attending the public schools in Newark, N.J., Petrello showed amazing ability in math. This earned him a scholarship to Yale University and an opportunity to study under famed mathematician, professor and author Serge Lang. At Yale, Petrello earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in mathematics. He also met his future wife Cynthia who later became famous as an actress, dancer and soap opera producer. After leaving Yale, Petrello earned a law degree from Harvard Law School. He was then hired at the prestigious law firm Baker & McKenzie in 1979 and became a managing partner.
Oil and gas giant, Nabors Industries, one of the law firm’s largest clients, was so impressed by Anthony Petrello’s powers of analysis, talent and effort, they offered him a job as their chief operating officer. Petrello accepted and in 1991 moved to Texas to work with the company. He was quickly chosen for the executive committee of the board of directors and became the company’s president in 1992. Petrello directed Nabors Industries’ purchase of Grace Drilling and Superior Well Services and helped strengthen the company. As a result, he was named company CEO in 2011 and chairman of the executive committee in 2012.
Anthony Petrello’s superior leadership, strategic lomg-term vision and excellent management skills have helped Nabors Industries to thrive in their intense, competitive industry. Petrello also serves as director of MediaOnDemand.com, Hilcorp Energy Company and Stewart & Stevenson. When his daughter Carena was born with cerebral palsy, Anthony Petrello donated $7 million to Texas Children’s Hospital to build a pediatric neurological care complex to help children with neurological conditions. He also serves on the hospital’s board of trustees and has raised hundreds of millions for the facility which treats children from all around the world.
Anthony Petrello has proven he’s more than just intelligent, talented and hard working. He is also a caring, committed philanthropist with a heart of gold.