Tony Petrello: From a Successful Lawyer to One of The Best Paid CEOs

Some say that a leader is born while others say that leadership is learnt. Whatever the case, a great leader knows how to drive his people and company to compete, not only locally, but also internationally. A great leader possess courage and is a man of vision. They know how to listen and engage the people under them. This is the exact words that would be used to define Anthony Petrello.

Anthony Petrello, or Tony Petrello if you like, is currently the chairman of board of directors, president and the Chief Executive Officer of Nabors. Simultaneously, he serves as a director for the Hillcorp Energy and Stewart & Stevenson LLC board. His consultation services are highly sought for within the energy industry.

If you asked about Tony Petrello from his peers, they would tell you that he was one guy who loved to YOLO. However, it is no hidden fact that he was a mathematics genius. There is literally no equation that he couldn’t solve. Math was his hobby and this would see him get accepted to the geothermal industry.

Tony Petrello graduated with a MSC in mathematics from the Yale University. He also had his JD from Harvard University. When Tony Petrello completed his college studies, he did not know whether to pursue law or math his passion. So he started working for a multinational law firm, Baker & McKenzie where he was the managing partner for this branch. He decided that his potential wasn’t fully tapped in this industry. Therefore, he changed industries and took to Geothermal. Here both math and law knowledge would be required. That year he became the CEO and president of the company Nabors and its subsidiary. A dozen years later, the board of directors elected him to be the deputy chairman and when the then Chairman, Eugene Iseberg stepped down, in the year 2012, it was Petrello who was chosen to replace him.

Aside from being a seriously wealthy CEO, Petrello is also known to be a prominent philanthropist. He is particularly interested in donating to medical courses.

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