Tracing the Success Story of Anthony Petrello, Nabors Industries CEO

Anthony Petrello remains an unknown figure in most American households, but is a huge name in corporate America. Although he does not often appear on television or deliver captivating speeches, he remains to be an important person in the U.S. Anthony Petrello represents an important part of the United States that is not recognized for its efforts in crafting America’s way of life. In 2014, he was the top-earning CEO in America making $68.2 million at Nabors Industries. Anthony is a brilliant business strategist and manager, but a huge chunk of his success is due to the way he treats others. Through his work, he has managed to create jobs for thousands of people in the US.

Humble Beginnings

As much as Anthony Petrello leads a huge oil giant in America, he did not just rise to his current position. Mr. Petrello is from a humble background with normal parents and without a trust fund or world-class tutors. He grew up in Newark, a working-class neighborhood, which is predominantly Italian in New Jersey. Despite the hardships prevalent in Newark, its people are very industrious and hardworking to make ends meet. People in the area value honesty, severely shun from lies and recognize hard work. Newark instilled great values of integrity and honor in Anthony Petrello.

Petrello realized early enough that success would not be handed down to him and he worked extra hard to ensure a brighter future for him and the family. He mastered differential calculus at an early age and showed a high intelligence in mathematics akin to a fully experienced logician or physicist. He worked so hard at logic and mathematics in his public school that was poorly funded. He excelled in calculus and level linear algebra meant for the Ph.D. students. The Yale University recognized this fact and offered him a full-scholarship.

Career and Work

After Anthony Petrello graduated from Yale University, he surprised many people by opting to enroll at the Harvard Law School rather than become a mathematician. He joined the firm of Baker & McKenzie in 1979 where he specialized in the area of business law in particular arbitration and taxation. He became the managing partner in 1986 for the firm’s New York division. While at the law firm, he worked with a client known as Nabors Industries. Nabors Industries managers were impressed by his efforts and analytical prowess and tried to hire him right away. He started off as the company’s chief operating officer in 1991 before becoming the CEO in October 28, 2011.


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