Anthony Petrello: From Teenage Math Whiz To Beloved CEO

Most people that knew Anthony Petrello growing up in Newark, New Jersey knew he was a math whiz. Many of them assumed he would become a college professor or some kind of scientist.

When he got a scholarship to Yale University to study math, his friends and family were not surprised. But when he completed his BS and MS in math at Yale while studying under world-renowned mathematician Serge Lang, Anthony Petrello surprised everyone and enrolled in Harvard Law School. After he got his law degree Petrello accepted a position with Brown & McKenzie, an internationally known law firm.

Anthony Petrello began working with Brown & McKenzie in 1979. By 1986 he was managing director of the firm’s Manhattan office. Petrello’s work was impressive not only to the law firm, but also to one of their biggest clients, Nabors Industries. The Houston, Texas-based oil and gas drilling company hired Anthony Petrello as their president and COO in 1991. Petrello continued to do exemplary work and became deputy chairman in 2003, CEO in 2011 and in 2012 he was named Nabors Industries, Inc. Chairman of the Board. He did such an excellent job in 2015 Petrello was paid over $68 million in compensation.

Life was going great for Anthony Petrello. He had a great job, lots of money and was married to an actress he had dated since his college days. When his daughter was born prematurely and diagnosed with cerebral palsy, Petrello threw himself into philanthropy. He gave Texas Children’s Hospital $7 million to help them build a neurological research center. Anthony Petrello still continues to be deeply involved in philanthropy. After all of the work he’s done at Texas Children’s Hospital, Petrello is now the corporation’s director. He also gives generously of his time to other causes as well.