Hometown Journey

Anthony Petrello Donates to Hospitals and Awards Mathematicians

Anthony Petrello is the CEO and chairman of the board at Nabor Industries LTD., a member of the oil and gas drilling industry. Prior to becoming an executive in natural gas, Petrello was known for being a mathematical prodigy. He was obviously given a full scholarship at one of the most prestigious colleges in the world: Yale. During his time at Yale he worked with Serge Land on number theory. Petrello soon became bored of math and moved his education to Harvard Law School. In 2013 he was the highest paid executive of the year. Nabors Industries is the largest land driller in the world. The company is ran out of Bermuda, but has operations in over 25 countries.

Anthony Petrello took over majority responsibility at Nabors in 2012. The company was founded in 1968 and has went through various name changes. In 2017 Nabors began a joint venture with Saudi Aramco called SANAD. In 2007 Petrello donated seven million dollars to the Texas Children’s Hospital of Houston. The money will go towards the Jan and Duncan Neurological Research Institute, a subsection of the hospital devoted to researching the causes and discovering new treatments for infants and children with neurological issues.

The issue hits close to home for Anthony and his wife Cynthia. Their daughter was born with periventricular leukomalacia. Carena, their daughter, is physically impaired, has difficulty speaking, walking on her own and feeding herself as a result from the disease. When he asked scientists and doctors about his daughter’s condition he was frustrated by the fact that doctors knew so little about the issue. Petrollo immediately decided to change things, he teamed up with the Texas Children’s Hospital to fund a neurological research center.Children’s neurological research isn’t his only charitable ventures. Petrello also founded an award program named after his mentor, Serge Lang. The award is offered to students who excel in mathematics. The annual prize for the ward is 450,000 dollars.