As at the year 2015, Tony Petrello has ranked as the highest compensated CEO in the United States. While growing up in Newark, New Jersey, Tony attended public schools, and his mathematics skills were popular among his peers. From high school, his talents landed him to Yale University after they noticed his unique abilities. While at Yale, he was mentored by Serge Lang, and he went on to earn his first and second degree in mathematics. After graduating, he joined Harvard law school, graduated and joined Baker and McKenzie law firm. At the company, his specialty was business law, with taxation as the primary focus. He later climbed the ladder and became a partner in the firm. It’s during his tenure that Nabor Industries were impressed with his analysis methods. After a few years of Nabors Company trying to recruit him, he gave in and joined the company which in Texas in 1991.
At Nabor Industries, Tony served as the chief operating officer however after two years he was promoting to the president. During his tenure at the oil drilling company, he has assisted them to expand to more states as well as landing significant accounts. Aside from being the CEO, he also became chairman of the board and the chairman of the executive committee. His tenure has seen visionary leadership and top-level management. Currently, he heads Hilcorp Energy Company following his retirement from Nabor industries.
While at Yale University, Tony met Cynthia. The couple married and were blessed with a daughter Carena .however, 24 weeks She developed a rare disorder known as Periventricular Leukomalacia. The condition is caused by premature birth, and thus the brain does not receive enough oxygen due to inadequate flow of blood leading to Cerebral Palsy. Overall the disease causes delayed development.
Tony has since been on a mission to find treatment for his daughter’s condition. The neurological condition affects other children too and therefore tony through his attempts also hopes to help others. The couple has traveled high and low in search of a cure, visiting various institutions such as UCLA and John Hopkins. After much travel, travel noticed that one particular hospital in Texas was offering specialized care for condition.
Tony has forward to donate massive amounts to the Institute for neurological research. Dan Duncan heads the Duncan Neurological research institute. Tony has also helped in the funding of his mentor Serge Lang who unfortunately passed on. During his free time Tony and his wife Cynthia, attend seminars where they give talks about their daughter’s conditions to parents with similar cases.