Tony Petrello grew up in Newark, New Jersey in a working class family. His humble beginnings led to his donations for a neurological disease totaling millions of dollars and his running the biggest land based drilling business in the world. His career has met with astounding success. His success resulted from the combination of hard work, natural gifts and creative thinking.
The story of Tony Petrello began when he attended public school. Even then his sharp mind, outgoing attitude and ability to speak out regarding what he felt was important were apparent. He became famous in high school due to his incredible prowess in mathematics. This led to a scholarship from Yale and the mentorship of Serge Lang. Lang was a brilliant professor, author and mathematician. Mr. Petrello chose the field of law over mathematics. He earned his Masters and Bachelors degrees while attending Yale. This was also where he met a woman named Cynthia that would one day become his wife.
After Tony Petrello graduated from Yale he attended Harvard Law School. During the 1970’s he graduated and embarked on his career. He joined the Baker & McKenzie law firm in 1979. He became a managing partner in 1986 for the division in New York. A client named Nabors Industries would eventually change his life. In 2011 he became the Chief Executive Officer for this client. He had worked in close contact with Nabors and made a lasting impression. The impact he made on the account was noticed along with his hard work. Mr. Petrello was now a business executive. He moved to Texas for his career and has called it home ever since.
The Petrello’s have made donations to the Texas Children’s Hospital for more than $7 million. Their daughter Carena was born towards the end of the 1990’s with cerebral palsy. This led to numerous complications and issues. He wanted to provide help for the other children with this condition which led to his donation. He also took a seat on the Texas Children’s Hospital’s board of trustees. His donation built a complex for pediatric neurological care. Children from all over the world have been treated and numerous families have hope due to the generosity of Tony Petrello.
Mr. Petrello has often said his numerous accomplishments were a result of luck. Everyone who knows him disagrees including his family, friends and colleagues. His good fortune and success are a direct result of his big heart and powerful work ethic.
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