Anthony Petrello grew up in New Jersey and was one of the most brilliant students in his class. He attended Yale University as a young man, and originally considered becoming a professional mathematician. He even studied under world famous mathematician Serge Lange who was instrumental in forging algebraic math. But when he came to graduate school at Harvard, he had a change of heart and decided to go into corporate law. After completing his J.D., he entered private practice at Baker & McKenzie in New York. While there, he served clients through advising compliance issues, taxation, corporate structure and other financial laws. It was through meeting executives from Nabors at Baker & McKenzie that he was offered employment at the oil company.
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Anthony Petrello is the CEO and Chairman of Nabors Industries, one of Houston’s largest oil drilling and rig equipment companies. Petrello has helped the company maximize both land-based and offshore drilling production and has helped bring investors and capital funding to the company. Petrello has also led Nabors to develop proprietary software and automated technology for operations, and as of 2006 the company has had one of the world’s largest land oil rig fleet, Nabors Industries. Petrello joined Nabors over 25 years ago as Chief Operating Officer and has had years of business and legal experience at other places.
Anthony Petrello is also married to Cynthia Carrafa Petrello and has a daughter named Carena. Carena was born with a neurological disorder that could not be cured, but it drove Anthony and Cynthia to be a part of a foundation to help other children born with similar disorders. He met Dan and Jan Duncan who also shared the passion of philanthropy at Texas Children’s Hospital, and the Anthony Petrello and his family gave a gift to the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute to help fund research. Petrello is hopeful that one day a cure can be found for Cerebral Palsy and similar diseases.