Anthony Petrello is the personification of the American Dream. Raised in a working-class Newark, New Jersey neighborhood, through talent, hard work and making the most of his opportunities, he’s now one of America’s highest paid chief executives.
Tony Petrello was known as a math whiz in high school. No one was surprised when he received a scholarship to Yale and got the chance to study under world-renowned mathematician Serge Lang. Most expected Petrello to go on to do great things in mathematics after earning his degree. Instead, he attended Harvard Law School and took his life into an entirely different direction.
After graduating with his juris doctor, Petrello was hired by the internationally respected New York law firm Baker & McKenzie. His stellar work there was noticed by one of the law firm’s most important clients, Nabors Industries, the oil and gas giant. In 1991 Nabors Industries hired Anthony Petrello as president and COO. He was promoted to deputy chairman in 2003 and has been president and CEO of the company since 2012. In 2015 the Dallas, Texas based company made the one-time Newark math whiz the highest paid CEO at over $68 million a year.
In addition to his work at Nabors Industries, Petrello is also a husband, father and committed philanthropist. He married his college sweetheart, actress Cynthia Carrafa, and has a daughter named Carena. When Carena was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, Anthony donated $7 million to help Texas Children’s Hospital to build a neurological research center. Petrello also lends his time and resources to a number of other charitable causes and is on the board of a number of other companies.