Anthony Petrello: Mathematician, Attorney And Talented Executive

New Jersey native Anthony Petrello has always been very successful. In high school he was a superior math student. His great grades and talent for math helped him get a scholarship to Yale.

While their he studied under Serge Lang, a well known and internationally respected mathematician. After earning his BS and MS degrees, Petrello then enrolled at Harvard Law School and earned his law degree. After passing the New York bar exam, he accepted a position with top New York law firm Baker & McKenzie. Petrello’s work was so good he was made managing director of the firm.

A short time later one of the law firm’s biggest clients offered him a job. That company was Houston, Texas based oil and gas drilling company Nabors Industries Limited. In 1991 Anthony Petrello left Baker & McKenzie and was hired as Nabors Industries’ president and COO. A talented executive, Petrello was promoted to Chief Executive Officer, then deputy chairman and finally chairman of the board. In 2015 Petrello was paid $68.2 million. He was the highest paid chief executive in the United States. He had also married to soap-opera star Cynthia Carrafa.

Things changed when Petello’s daughter Carena was born prematurely and diagnosed with cerebral palsy. To help improve the life of his daughter and other children like her, he gave Texas Children’s Hospital to help start the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute. Along with his work at Nabors Industries, Petrello is now director of Texas Children’s Hospital Inc.

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