Anthony Petrollo: Born To Lead

Anthony Petrollo: Born To LeadAnthony “Tony” Petrollo truly embodies the American Dream: born in working-class Newark, New Jersey, the math whiz went on to get his MS and BS from Yale, and his JD from Harvard Law School. His annual salary is over $25 million.

Tony’s college roommate, Lloyd Grove, wrote an article in the Daily Beast expressing amazement that the “Italian-American extrovert” he knew in 1972 is now one of the highest paid men in America.

Mr. Petrollo has been the CEO and Chairman of Nabors Industries Ltd. since 2011, and has served as its president since 1992. Nabors Industries manages a land-based drilling rig fleet and also provides offshore rigs to the US and countries around the world.

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But Mr. Petrollo’s leadership isn’t just limited to industry. He serves on the Board of Trustees at Texas Children’s Hospital, and leads fundraising efforts for the hospital’s Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute. His philanthropic commitment stems from a family struggle: when she was born, his daughter, Carena, was born with periventricular leukomalacia (PVL), and consequently developed cerebral palsy.

Carena is now able to eat solid foods, but Mr. Petrello and his wife, Cynthia, are personally committed to finding a cure so that Carena and other children like her will be able to meet their full potential. The Neurological Research Institute is the first of its kind devoted exclusively to research on children’s neurological disorders.

Mr. Petrollo’s story is an inspiring reminder that with a combination of luck and hard work, anyone can make a difference.