Anthony ‘Tony’ Petrello is living the American Dream. Raised in the working-class community of Newark, New Jersey, he has used his natural talent, hard work and an excellent education to become the highest paid CEO in America.
The path he took was surprising. A math whiz with genius level skills, he studied under noted mathematician Professor Serge Lang at Yale while earning his bachelor’s and masters degrees in mathematics. But instead of doing groundbreaking work in academia, he decided instead to attend Harvard Law School. And the rest is history.
After earning his Juris Doctor Petrello was hired by Baker & McKenzie, the prestigious New York law firm. By 1986 he had shown so much talent, discipline and hard work he was made managing director of the firm’s New York office. In 1991 Petrello was hired by Nabors Industries as their chief operating officer. The company, which is based in Houston, Texas, is the world’s largest land-based gas and oil drilling company. One year later he became Nabors Industries Incorporated’s president. The company named him CEO in 2011 and board chairman in 2012. By 2015 Anthony Petrello was the highest paid CEO earning over $68 million a year.
Petrello is married to Cynthia Petrello, an actress and producer that was his college sweetheart. The couple have a daughter that was born prematurely and suffers from cerebral palsy. When she was diagnosed with the condition, Anthony Petrello gave Texas Children’s Hospital $7 million as seed money for their proposed neurological research center. And Petrello has continued to make significant contributions to the hospital. He is currently the director of Texas Children’s Hospital Incorporated and remains one of the neurological research center’s biggest donors.
But Nabors Industries and Texas Children’s Hospital are not the only organizations to which Anthony Petrello lends his prodigious talent and vast business and legal expertise. Since 2011 he has been MediaOnDemand.com’s director. Plus Tony Petrello gives generously to many other charitable and philanthropic causes and organizations. Petrello says he’s been fortunate in his business dealings and seeks out effective ways he can help others. He has also never forgotten his working-class roots.
For many young people Anthony ‘Tony’ Petrello is the perfect role model. He’s been able to use his talent, education and hard work to not only create a good life for him and his family, he also shares his resources with people and organizations that need help.