Anthony Petrello is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Nabors Industries, a geothermal drilling and natural gas contracting company that operates across the United States, as well as the Far East and Africa. The company provides offshore drilling operations and maintains an extensive 29 marine vessel fleet. His company also provides drilling equipment and software to handle the various rigging requirements, as well as pipe handling offshore. The company was added to the Standard & Poor’s 500 index as one of the largest companies to be publicly traded in the United States. Eventually, moving off the AMEX and into the New York Stock Exchange.

Mr. Anthony Petrello profited a whopping $27,512,939, most of which was derived from stock options. He has even been placed at the top of the 50 top-paid Chief Executive Officers. His company owns around 500 oil rigs which are known to be active in 25 countries across the globe. Anthony Petrello earned his place on the board of directors in 1991 due to his extensive experience working at the Baker & McKenze law firm. He earned his career experience there, by specializing in corporate tax law.

As a young man in college, Mr. Petrello was known as a math whiz. One of his roommates at the time noted how he was always writing down mathematical proofs and theorems on napkins and was considered to be a genius at the age of 18. In fact, a famous mathematician, Professor Serge Lang took him on as his protégé. He eventually utilized his mathematical genius to switch into the field of Law.

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He soon married Cynthia Carrafa, his college girlfriend, who was a producer as well as a soap opera actress. Together, they are known for their philanthropic work. They have donated $7 million to the Texas Children’s Hospital. This, after learning that their daughter was born prematurely and developed cerebral palsy. Mr. Petrello is also known as being quite skilled with real-estate litigation. He has been quoted as saying “One life lesson I have learned is that between being smart or being lucky, lucky is better- I have been extremely fortunate in work”.

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