Tony Petrello is the CEO of Nabors Industries, a top oil and natural gas drilling firm. When Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas, Petrello and his employees made helping with relief efforts a top priority. They also created the Nabors Disaster Relief Fund donating over $350,000. Nabors Industries used its on-site kitchen to cook large volumes of meals provided to local families three times per day. They strive to help their employees with the Nabors Charitable Foundation, that has provided $3 million in scholarships to the children of their employees.
Tony Petrello is originally from New Jersey but considers Houston, Texas his home. Even though he is tremendously successful as a CEO for Nabors Industries, he’s highly respected in his community as a philanthropist. He and his wife Cynthia, are passionate about overcoming childhood neurological disorders. After doing his own research, he gave over $7 million to organizations that help treat such disorders including the Texas Children’s Hospital. Thanks to the Petrello’s donations, he was asked to be a member of their board to help with additional fundraising efforts. The hospital was able to create the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute where new treatments are developed, researched and tested.
Tony Petrello took his education very seriously at a young age. He studied academic textbooks shortly after learning to read. He became a master mathematician in differential calculus as a child. At 18, he received a full scholarship to Yale University thanks to his excellence in calculus and linear algebra. During his time at Yale, Tony switched career paths from math to human sciences. After completing his post-graduate, he worked for a number of jobs before landing Nabors Industries. He climbed the corporate ladder for 30 years until he reached becoming the highest paid CEO in the United States. He never takes his success for granted and donates millions of dollars every year to charities in his community. He believes in maintaining a strong work ethic, which has attributed to his large success. He is a respected family man that values the loyalty of his employees, while enjoying the fruits of his labor.
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