Tony Petrello as a student.
He was brought up in Newark, New Jersey. He enrolled in public schools for education. In high school, he was excellent in mathematics. Yale University soon took notice of Tony and offered him a scholarship and an opportunity to have Serge Lang (a Yale math professor) as his mentor. It is at Yale that Tony received his bachelor’s and master’s degree. It is the same place that he met Cynthia, his wife.
Tony Petrello then joined Harvard Law School. It is thought his personality influenced his take on joining a law school. Probably he was not comfortable with a quiet life of study even with his great brilliance in mathematics. He graduated from Harvard in the 1970s.
How Tony infiltrated the business world.
Anthony Petrello joined an American law firm by the name Baker & McKenzie as business law specialist. As he worked in this line, he developed a passion for business. He became a managing partner of the company’s division based in New York.
It was at Baker & McKenzie that Tony Petrello met the Nabors Industries who were one of the law firm’s clients. It is a company that provides equipment for geothermal, natural gas and oil drilling activities. It is the largest land drilling firm globally.
Tony Petrello’s services to the drilling firm did not go unnoticed. The company sought to hire him. He joined them as an executive (Chief Operating Officer). He later took a seat on the board of directors and the board’s executive committee.
Due to his excellence, he later became the firm’s president (1992). His strategic moves in business have placed the company in its current position in the world. For example, with the aim of expansion, Petrello directed the Grace Drilling purchase at $32 million as well as Superior Well Services. Tony is now the CEO of Nabors Industries from October 28, 2011.
Tony’s philanthropic activities.
Apart from carrying out activities in his successful business career, Tony Petrello is also a philanthropist. It came about after he and his wife Cynthia bore a child (Carena) who had a cerebral palsy condition. Carena’s ability to swallow and experience other sensations were affected. She could not eat food till she was seven.
As a result, Tony has engaged in activities to help children with cerebral palsy and other neurological conditions. He donated $7 million to the Texas Children’s Hospital and took a seat on its board of trustees.