Many people think that the owners and “big dogs” in an oil field industry are full of greed and selfishness. This is not the case with this business owner and philanthropist based out of Houston, Texas, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Nabors Industries Ltd., Anthony (Tony) G. Petrello. As a Yale University and Harvard Law School graduate, Tony Petrello holds two major degrees in Mathematics, and Law studies. He knows the hard life all to well and had nothing handed to him. Tony Petrello has earned every step of the way all of his accomplishments. Today he uses all his skills and knowledge to help others and to help the community. He knows the key to growth is education and has set up scholarships for under privileged teens and even his own employees. His daughter Carena was born premature. Though he was a philanthropist before, this alone can humble a man. His daughter’s condition is known as periventricular leukomalacia (PVL) a neurological condition where she will not be able to walk, talk, or eat. The child’s brain was affected at birth when the lack of blood flow to the brain caused a lack of oxygen. This caused permanent damage to which there is no cure. Tony Petrella and his wife found a hospital nearby that takes care of his daughter on a daily basis, Texas Children’s Hospital. Tony donates $5 million to Jan and Dan Duncan Neurology Institute and pledges another $2 million per year to help find a cure that will help his daughter and other children affected by this disease.
One of the most recent disasters in 2017, a category 4 Hurricane Harvey pounded Texas and flooded many cities including Houston, TX. Tony Petrella stepped up again to assist the community with his company employed with 1200 workers. Together they took up donations totaling $173,622 and matched by Tony Petrella and donated it to the city. They set up the Nabors Disaster Relief Fund and set up a kitchen to serve free 3 meals a day to thousands of people.
Even as the party man that he is with Texas hospitality Tony Petrella set up his home for Broadway, Tony award winning star, Tommy Tune. They threw a coming home outdoor party with 50 of their friends as Tommy Tune was to perform later that night on “Tommy Tune Tonight” at Miller Theater.