Tony Petrello is from Newark, New Jersey and has had a share of challenges in life. For example, his daughter was born prematurely. As if that was not bad enough, she was diagnosed with periventricular leukomalacia, which is a common disorder in premature babies. The disease is as a result of oxygen deprivation to the brain. Carena, Tony’s daughter, was only 20 ounces at birth, and since her brain failed to get enough supply of oxygen, she developed cerebral palsy.
Looking for a Divine Remedy
This ordeal led Tony and his wife Cynthia to search for a cure for their daughter’s illness. No parent expects to get a baby with problems, especially at birth. This was a humbling experience for both of them, and they found themselves on their knees pleading for a miracle.
Tony Petrello Oil Career
Despite the fact that Tony Petrello has two mathematics degrees from Yale University and another one in law from Harvard, he chose to get into the oil business. He could have easily made a great mathematics professor or a lawyer, but he followed his heart. Currently, he holds the position of the Nabors Industries’ CEO.
Although Tony has no experience working on an oil rig, he proudly leads a company that has 500 of them in more than 20 countries. His company has more drilling rigs than any other globally. Tony’s leadership at Nabors has seen its share price go up 180%.
His Philanthropic Works
In remembrance of his dear friend who was a mathematics professor, he donated $150,000 to his alma mater. He also promised to match any donation that other former students made. Tony also supports the neurological research center at the Texas Hospital. His help to the victims of Hurricane Harvey cannot go unmentioned.
Tony Petrello’s Social Life
Tony Petrello is not all work and no play. This philanthropist goes beyond helping the needy. He has had the pleasure of hosting one of Texas’ legends. Tommy Tune, a multi-talented artist, was hosted by Tony and Cynthia in their home. He was born and raised in Houston before relocating to New York where he lives. Although he no longer lives in Houston, Tommy loves to visit his hometown and perform for his fans. On one occasion, more than 5,000 fans attended his performance, which took place at the Miller Outdoor Theater.
Unlike many wealthy people who don’t have time for the poor, Tony has a loving soul that goes out to everyone. He believes that his daughter will one day get cured and live a normal life just like any other child. Tony is the true definition of a philanthropist.