Anthony Petrello is a well educated man and a very successful business executive. Born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, Petrello has both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Yale University. He also has a law degree from Harvard Law School. Once he completed his college education, he was hired by the powerful New York law firm Brown & McKenzie. Anthony Petrello worked his way up through the ranks and was made managing partner of the firm’s Manhattan office.
His quality work at the law firm so impressed Nabors Industries, an internationally known oil and gas drilling company Brown & McKenzie represented, that they offered Petrello a position with the company.Petrello accepted the offer and became Nabors Industries’ chief operating officer in 1991. He quickly began to show his talents and ability to understand the inner working of the Texas based oil and gas giant. Soon he received a series of promotions that ended up with him becoming president and CEO of the company by 2012. In 2015, Nabors Industries felt Anthony Petrello was so important to the company that they paid him $68.2 million that year. That made him the highest paid CEO in the country.
When Petrello’s daughter Carena was diagnosed with periventricular leukomalacia at birth, he took a series of actions that would benefit not only his daughters, but many other children as well. He began donating his time, talent and resources to help Texas Children’s Hospital build a world-class neurological research and treatment center. Petrello even gave the hospital $7 million to use as seed money. He also played a variety of other roles in helping Texas Children’s Hospital to raise the hundreds of millions of dollars necessary to complete the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute.His work at the hospital was so important and impactful, he was named director of Texas Children’s Hospital Incorporated. Anthony Petrello has also helped to develop and lead a number of other companies while serving as a top executive at Nabors Industries. His body of work has helped to show that Anthony Petrello is a caring multi-talented individual.