For some people, knowing someone famous could be the greatest thrill in the world, or it could be something that makes everything you’ve done dwarf by comparison. For columnist Lloyd Grove at the Daily Beast, he recalls knowing Nabors Industries Chairman and CEO Anthony Petrello long before he became a business magnate. Petrello once reeled in $27 million in total compensation to be the highest-paid CEO in the nation at Nabors, but his journey to becoming an oil drilling technology business leader started back in New Jersey.
Petrello’s first loves growing up were math and science, two subjects he mastered and spent even his spare time studying at school. Petrello earned acceptance to Yale University and there studied under mathematician Serge Lange while also rooming with Grove. Petrello graduated with high honors in Advanced Mathematics and while most people thought he would become a professor himself, he opted to go into law. After completing his J.D., he joined Baker & McKenzie in New York and specialized in corporate law for 13 years. He joined the Nabors Industries executive board in 1991.
Anthony Petrello also is married to Cynthia Petrello and has a young daughter named Carena. Carena has periventricular leukomalacia (PVL) and is confined to a wheel chair most of the time. The Petrellos struggled with the news that there was no current cure for their daughter, but they went to the Texas Children’s Hospital where they partnered with Jan and Dan Duncan who had given the founding contribution to the Neurological Research Institute there. Anthony Petrello decided to join the effort and thus far has given $7 million of his own money to fund research there.