To say that Anthony Petrello’s career has been a success would qualify as the grossest of understatements. Perhaps the peak of this success took place in 2015 when Mr. Petrello became one of the most compensated CEO’s in the United States. The many achievements of Anthony Petrello have been a result of his innate ability, will to succeed, and creative nature.
Anthony Petrello was raised in Newark, New Jersey. A product of the Newark public school system, Petrello’s high school accomplishments in mathematics are that of local legend. Petrello’s feats in mathematics were noticed by Yale university and he was offered a full scholarship along with the opportunity to train under noted mathematician, author, and professor, Serge Lang. Anthony Petrello received both his bachelor’s and master’s degree from Yale University where his outgoing personality earned him many friends. At Yale, Petrello would meet Cynthia, who would later become his wife.
Once leaving Yale, Petrello surprised many by foregoing a career in mathematics. Instead, he attended Harvard Law School. In 1979, Anthony Petrello would accept a position with the law firm of Baker and Mckenzie. While there he would specialize in the area of business law with a special emphasis on taxation and arbitration.
While performing his duties with Baker and Mckenzie Petrello was assigned to work with Nabors industries. Nabors is one of the largest natural gas and oil drilling companies in the world. Petrello so impressed the management at Nabors the company would begin to try to hire him away. These efforts would eventually prove fruitful/
Anthony Petrello began work as Nabors’ Chief Operating Officer in 1991. The same year Petrello would be appointed both to the board of directors and to board’s executive committee. A year later he would be the committee’s president. The achievements of Petrello at these positions proved to be of great help in growing Nabors and in October 2011, Petrello was named CEO of Nabors Industries.
Anthony and Cynthia were thrown a curve ball in life when their daughter Carena was born weighing only 20 ounces and suffering from cerebral palsy. She would not be able to eat solid food until she was seven years old. Anthony Petrello would become interested in helping other children with neurological problems resulting him donating seven million dollars to the Texas Children’s Hospital. This was only the beginning as over time Petrello used his business acumen to raise hundreds of millions of dollars for this cause. His efforts continue to this day.
Always a man of humility, Anthony Petrello attributes his success to good luck. However, friends and family know that luck is but a minute piece to the puzzle that has resulted in the math prodigy from Newark, New Jersey becoming one of the top business leaders in the world.