Anthony Petrello is the president, CEO and Chairman of Texas based oil and gas giant Nabors Industries Ltd. Petrello is a native of Newark, New Jersey. A math wiz in high school, he earned a scholarship to Yale where he studied under internationally renowned mathematician Serge Lang.
After graduating with a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in mathematics, Anthony Petrello attended Harvard Law School. Tony Petrello earned a Juris Doctor, passed the bar exam and was hired by the prestigious New York law firm Baker & McKenzie. His work was so good he was quickly promoted.
Petrello’s work also caught the eye of one of Baker & McKenzie’s top clients, Nabors Industries. In 1991 the Houston, Texas based company hired Anthony Petrello as their president and chief operating officer. His exemplary work led to him being named CEO, Deputy Chairman and finally Chairman of the Board. In 2015 he became America’s highest paid CEO, earning in excess of $68 million. During that time he was also director of Stewart & Stevenson, LLC and MediaOnDemand providing them with strategic planning and helping them to prosper.
After marrying his college sweetheart, soap opera actress Cynthia Carrafa, his daughter Carena was born with periventricular leukomalacia. Anthony Petrello donated $7 million to Texas Children’s Hospital, Inc. to help build the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute. Petrello has also been involved in a number of other philanthropic activities. He’s also remained connected to the hospital and now serves as director of Texas Children’s Hospital.
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