Anthony Petrello is a successful businessman, an experienced attorney and a caring philanthropist. Petrello grew up in Newark, New Jersey. Known as a math whiz, Petrello got a full scholarship to Yale. After graduating with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics, he then attended Harvard Law School and earned his law degree. He passed the New York bar exam and was hired by the internationally known and respected New York law firm Baker & McKenzie. Anthony Petrello’s work was impressive and he was soon made manager of the Manhattan office.
But one of Baker & McKenzie’s most important clients, oil and gas giant Nabors Industries Limited, also noticed Tony Petrello’s stellar work. In 1991 they offered him the position of Chief Operating Officer of Nabors Industries. Petrello accepted the offer and moved to the company’s Houston, Texas headquarters. A brilliant individual, Petrello was soon promoted to president, then CEO and finally chairman of the board of Nabors Industries. In 2015 Anthony Petrello was the highest paid CEO when Nabors Industries paid him $68.2 million.
When Anthony Petrello’s daughter Carena was born with periventricular leukomalacia, he donated $7 million to the Texas Children’s Medical Center to build the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute. And he has continued to support the hospital in any way he can. He is also involved in a number of other philanthropic activities. Texas Children’s Hospital Inc. recently named Anthony Petrello its director because of all the help he continues to provide for the institution.