Throughout history, there have been numerous contributors to a society whose efforts seemingly go unrecognized by the public and the media. Anthony Petrello is one of them. Although Petrello ranks as a highly respected figure in the corporate world, paving the way of life predominantly for American’s, citizens fail to acknowledge his contributions to society. Being a highly paid Chief Executive Officer in the US, who earned $68.2 million in 2014 alone and over $15 million in 2016, Petrello is not greedy, he and his wife give back to the communities that once provided him with opportunities by donating millions of dollars a year to various charities.
While leading Nabors Industries, Petrello’s actions led to thousands of job openings in the US. In fact, the 1,050 rigs owned by the leading natural gas and oil drilling firm, supplied over 100,000 high paying jobs to multiple laborers. Therefore, Petrello doesn’t enjoy his fruits of labor alone, but paves the way for others to also have the means of a better life as well.
However, his life wasn’t always quite lucrative. Petrello grew up in a destitute environment. Not only did he watch his parents struggle, but Petrello grew up, in a neighborhood in Newark, New Jersey, where the majority of residents were Italians who also suffered hardship as well. Nevertheless, the community had strong ethics and values. They worked hard and also worked together to ensure everyone’s needs were tended to. Having been raised in such an environment where hard work was praised and honesty held impeccable value, is the cause of Petrello’s integrity and loyalty to his colleagues.
Realizing that success only comes to those who work hard for it, Petrello took to books, studying many hours each day and even in the late hours of the night by the light of lanterns. He spent years learning everything he could about mathematics since this seemed to be his niche at the time. By the time he reached 18 he was a master mathematician and received full scholarship to attend Yale, a very prestigious University.
Petrello, dedicated 20 years of his life to his education than spent another 30 years climbing the ladder of success until his efforts paid off and he became the CEO of Nabors Industries.
Today, at age 62, Anthony Petrello remains a Board of Trustees, active member of The Texas Children’s Hospital and continues to donate generous contributions to numerous causes.
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