Everyone both in the elite business circles and the hard-working blue collar jobs came together in September of 2017 to help people who suffered from the worst storm in Texas history, hurricane Harvey. Among those assisting emergency workers on the ground were Nabors Industries employees who were given time off to help with damage cleanup by the company’s CEO Tony Petrello. Extra pay was given to those who went even further out of their way to help, and on top of that Petrello began a fundraiser. Every cent of the funds raised went directly to damage repairs and the victims, and Petrello himself matched the amount raised with his own money.

Tony Petrello manages major business strategy and acquisition deals for Nabors Industries as their chairman and CEO. He’s been in his current post for about 7 years and in recent days made a buyout of Tesco Corporation, another oil drilling company and also has been forming a joint venture company with Saudi Aramco. In the year 2013, Tony Petrello made headlines when he had a new compensation deal done which added millions of dollars to his bonus pay, and it made him the top compensated CEO of that year at $68.7 million.

Tony Petrello has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s in an advanced part of the field at Yale University. He even studied under the direction of mathematician Serge Lange, a founder of various Algebra theories. Petrello attended law school at Harvard University and received his JD and completed the Bar. He practiced corporate, financial and administrative law for 13 years at Baker & McKenzie and was a partner there for six of those years. Petrello represented several big name clients including Nabors Industries, and his tax compliance and securities advice to them eventually led to his being hired as chief operating officer there.

Tony Petrello is not only one of the nation’s top-paid executives, but he’s also a husband and father who has raised a young girl who has cerebral palsy. The challenges this has entailed have also led to Petrello getting involved at the Texas Children’s Hospital because they have a state-of-the-art neurological research facility where some of the top medical experts in the field are studying the causes of various neurological disorders. Dan and Jan Duncan, friends of Petrello’s helped start this facility, and he decided to help then out with a gala that raised contributions including $7 million of his own.

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