Tony Petrello is a man who was inspired by his life challenges to help others. The current CEO of Nabors Industries is among the highest paid executives in the United States.
However, he is humble, and his deep involvement in charity cannot be matched. Petrello is a mathematician by training with a degree in law to ice the cake. He is a holder of two degrees in Mathematics from Yale University and a Law degree from Harvard Law School.
Ideally, Petrello would have taken a career in teaching as a professor or even an attorney. However, he pursued a different career path in the oil industry. He worked hard gradually rose to the apex of the corporate and oil industry. Petrello was born in Newark, New Jersey but moved to Houston after quitting a job in New York. He has become an active and dedicated member of the Houston community. Petrello contributes towards many initiatives, particularly in Houston.
His generosity was amplified by the birth of a premature baby, his daughter Carena. While about six months old, Carena developed periventricular leukomalacia (PVL). It is a disorder that deprives the brain of oxygen. Her brain did not receive adequate blood supply. The disorder gradually advanced into cerebral palsy, which led to developmental delays.
Petrello and his wife, Cynthia visited many hospitals but did not get a cure for their daughter. She could not eat, walk or speak well. Despite the neurological disorder, Carena exhibits sincere kindness to everyone. It is a significant inspiration for Petrello and Cynthia to support those in need. The two found a research facility in their neighborhood which has a team of doctors helping Carena. She improved and is now able to undertake tasks on her own.
Petrello resolved to support researchers to find the cure for the disorder. They have already donate about $7 million to support the research. Carena’s story has inspired Petrello to donate huge sums of money to help charities. They also encourage other people to make donations that will go in seeking treatment for the condition. They believe that a cure will be found and children who are affected will have a chance to have a healthy life.
He established a fund that supports exemplary Mathematics student at Yale University. The fund was in memory of Professor Lang, his favorite teacher. He initially donated about $150,000 for the endowment fund. It has enabled students to pursue their education without worrying about their school fees. Petrello’s commitment is indeed an inspiration to many people.