Anthony Petrello is the Chairman of one of the world’s largest oil drilling companies, Nabors Industries where he has spent 25 years in managing their operations and overseeing investment strategies and investor relations. Nabors has developed advanced drilling technologies from horizontal wells to modular offshore rigs, and even their Super ChemDAT system. Petrello certainly has done well in finding solutions and guiding the company even through a highly volatile oil industry, but he has even more skills in solving problems that he’s brought through the years from his days in college and as a lawyer.
His childhood wasn’t too different than most of his neighborhood acquaintances, but he did have a love of solving math problems during some of his spare time. His high academic achievements helped him get accepted to Yale University where he became a favorite student of Professor Serge Lang, one of the most famous mathematicians of his time. Petrello graduated with both a bachelor’s and a master’s in mathematics, but opted instead to pursue a career in practicing law. After getting his J.D. form Harvard, he joined Baker & McKenzie law firm in 1979. After 13 years in corporate law practice including becoming the firm’s Managing Partner in 1986, Petrello joined Nabors Industries as Chief Operating Officer and later became Chairman in 2011.
He’s married to Cynthia Petrello, formerly Carrafa and has a young daughter named Carena who he loves very much. Carena had a form of leukemia not long after she was born that had to be treated fast, and while the cancer was eliminated she suffered damage that caused Cerebral Palsy. It was a difficult time in Anthony Petrello’s life and he wanted to do everything he could to provide care and find treatment options for Carena. When he was informed that there was nothing that could be done currently, he began to pledge gifts to institutions for research into neurological diseases and joined the Board of Trustees at the Texas Children’s Hospital. He also became friends with Jan and Dan Duncan who have helped bring attention to neurological diseases through fundraising and starting the Dan and Jan Duncan Institute for Neurological Research at TCH.