Anthony Petrello, aka Tony, is the Chief Executive Officer of Nabors Industries, a leading oil and gas drilling contractor, operating in over 20 countries. Petrello’s background in law, business and surprisingly mathematics has allowed him to take Nabors Industries to the top. Petrello has played a leading role in Nabors progressive and innovative approach to technology, software, and operations. Today, Nabors owns the largest drilling rig (land-based) in the world.
Anthony Petrello has a J.D. degree from Harvard Law, and in addition to that a B.S. and M.S. degree in Mathematics from Yale University as well. Before his position as president and CEO of Nabors, he was a managing partner at Baker & McKenzie law firm in New York. Petrello doesn’t have a background in business, but his background in mathematics and law have offered a unique combination of skills that have served to help Nabors expand and lead the industry in technological innovation.
With his talent and ambition propelling Nabors Industries to the top, Petrello’s personal circumstances have led him to make innovative changes in a completely different area: pediatric sciences. Tony Petrello and his wife Cynthia Petrello were met with their own personal challenges when they found out their daughter Carena was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Heartbroken by the challenges their daughter was facing, the couple decided to do whatever they could to help other families in a similar situation. They found a partner in the Texas Children Hospital Inc.
Anthony and Cynthia Petrello have initiated an effort in collaboration with the Texas Children Hospital that is designed to provide groundbreaking research, education and clinical practices for children who have neurological and mental disorders. The Petrello’s donation has helped launch the new Texas Children’s Neurological Research Institute. They have donated millions of dollars to the institute. Their donation is regarded as the largest charitable commitment in the history of the hospital.
Leading one of the largest oil contracting companies in the world, contributing to progressive research in children’s medicine, Petrello has not forgotten his mathematical roots. Honoring the memory of one of his most valued Yale professors Serge Lang, Petrello donated $150,000 toward an annual prize in honor of the mathematician.
Petrello’s progressive and innovative business practices combined with his philanthropy have made him one of the most esteemed names in the oil industry. He continues to provide valuable knowledge and expertise to the ever-changing industry.