Tony Petrello Makes All His Friends Jealous

Life does not always end up where you think it is going. It is funny like that. You may come out with all your plans, but fate very well may take you its way. This certainly was true in the life of business juggernaut Tony Petrello.

Petrello was on the road to forever change the landscape of mathematics. Being a prodigy, he attended Harvard to hone his skills in this exciting field of numbers. Upon arriving, he was immediately noticed by Professor Serge Lang. Seeing his one-day replacement in Petrello, Lang began taking Tony with him around the world to promote new theories in mathematics. Petrello seemed to have a knack for challenging long standard assumptions and tweaking new theories. Unfortunately, Petrello did not see his future leading him this direction. Petrello picked up the phone and called Lang to inform him that he would be pursuing a degree in law.

Petrello would continue his time at Harvard pursuing a justice degree. However, he would continue growing in mathematics by receiving a degree in that field from Yale.

Once Petrello graduated, he hit the ground running in the world of corporate law. He was picked up by Baker and McKenzie in 1979. He would work for them finding nuances in the law that allowed them to win dozens of cases and a ton of money in the process. His skills earned him a promotion to the position of Managing Partner in New York City.

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After working as a Managing Partner for Baker and McKenzie, Petrello was approached by Nabors Industry. There were interested in him becoming the Chief Operating Officer of their company and in 1991 he accepted the offer.

Petrello would rise quickly through the ranks at Nabors Industries due to his ability to combine laws and mathematics in such a way that gave them an edge in all fields. In 1992 the board informed him that they would like him to be promoted to the role of President in the company according to salary.com. This promotion only lasted for one year since in 1993 he would be promoted to the role of Chief Executive Officer

Petrello would also turn his attention to charity. After his daughter was diagnosed with leukemia, he would give the Dallas Texas Children’s Hospital several millions of dollars to aid them in research. As a thank you, he received a position on the hospital’s board.

See: http://blogs.marketwatch.com/thetell/2014/05/27/why-nabors-ceo-wont-top-best-paid-bosses-list-again-in-2014/