Tony Petrello: Living the American Dream

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Tony Petrello’s life story is the perfect rugs to riches story; the ultimate American dream. Born and raised in Newark, New Jersey to an average family, only his brilliance in Maths would set him apart from all the other kids in his state. Tony Petrello didn’t get good in Maths overnight but instead plowed through many books while burning the midnight oil. By 18, his prowess in the subject had gotten him the attention of the entire state. It eventually also caught the attention of Yale University where he pursued his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Maths. It is during his time here that he got to work with the world-acclaimed mathematician, author, and professor, Serge Lang, who died in 20005. It is also here that he met his then girlfriend and now wife Cynthia Caraffa with whom they’ve built a family with.

Entry into Business

In a surprise move, Petrello went to Harvard Law School after leaving Yale, yet many had assumed he would pursue a career in Maths. He specialized in business law focusing on taxation and arbitration. Upon completing his law studies, he eventually joined the law firm Baker and McKenzie where his analytical prowess impressed one of the clients, Nabors Industries, the largest company on earth drilling for oil and natural gas on land. Over the years, his brilliance at the firm ere continued to dazzle, and he slowly rose through the ranks, eventually becoming the CEO. Petrello is currently the chairman of the board too.

Despite attributing his success to luck and fortune, all who know him say his work ethic is at the core of it. Since his childhood days, Petrello has worked hard on anything he has put his mind to. Tony Petrello’s leadership and work ethic have seen Nabors Industries create thousands of jobs in addition to growing the firm despite cut-throat competition in the industry. Petrello has also used his brilliant analysis and strategic thinking as director of companies such as MediaOnDemand.com, Stewart & Stevenson, and Hilcorp Energy Company.

Philanthropy

Not only is Petrello good in running businesses, but he also has a good heart and is very generous with his wealth. Petrello has contributed to several philanthropic ventures with the most notable being the Texas Children’s Hospital where a pediatric neurological care complex was constructed. This complex has come to the aid of many families that had lost hope for getting treatment for their children. Together with his wife, Petrello contributes to many charities each year.

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