Anthony Petrello: Math Wiz To Executive And Philanthropist

Anthony Petrello is one of the most highly paid executives in the United States, and his oil and natural gas drilling firm Nabors Industries Ltd is the leader in the industry. However, Petrello’s origins are much more humble.

Petrello was born to a working class Italian family that resided in Newark, New Jersey. At the age of 18, Petrello attended Yale University and was considered a math genius to his friends and professors, one of which being the famous mathematician Serge Lang. Petrello decided not to go the academic route however and attended Harvard Law School after graduating where he earned his JD.

Anthony Petrello is now the CEO, President and Chairman of the Board of Nabors Industries Ltd., which provides drilling contract services all over the world. The firm operates on-shore and off-shore drilling and well servicing through out the Americas, Middle East, Far East and Africa.

Petrello is not only renowned for his business success but for his philanthropy as well. In 2007, Petrello committed $7 million in 2007 to the Texas Children’s Hospital and today is a member of the Board of Trustees. Petrello became interested in his philanthropy work after his daughter was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and realized how little research was being done for children’s neurological disorders, of which Texas Children’s Hospital leads much of the research happening in the field.

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