Tony Petrello opened his door this last year to an old friend who had returned to Houston to put on a musical show at a theater. That friend is Tommy Tune, a famous Broadway actor who attended one of Houston’s top dance academies as a young man, and then went on to win several Tony awards and star in several prominent productions. The Petrellos hosted a reception for Tune at their home and also invited several other business colleagues and city leaders, and during this reception they discussed both important issues and leisurely subjects. Petrello not only has been generous to celebrities like Tune, but he’s given his time to help the community and to further scientific research.
Tony Petrello’s current job is both chairman and CEO of one of the nation’s largest oil drilling companies, Nabors Industries. He was formerly chief operating officer of the company from 1991 to 2011, assumed the role of CEO in 2011 and then was given a contract raise in 2013 that made him the highest-paid boss in the US that year. Prior to joining Nabors Industries, Tony Petrello was an associate and later partner of Baker & McKenzie while practicing as an attorney in administrative and corporate law. He completed his JD at Harvard law school and previously finished his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Yale University.
Anthony Petrello has a lot of causes that are close to his heart, but none more so than his daughter Carena. Carena had an illness when she was born that affected her cognitive abilities, and she was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. He had met with many doctors to find out if she could be treated, but when he found out that she couldn’t he decided to fund research in brain treatments through the Texas Children’s Hospital Dan and Jan Duncan Neurological Research Institute. Petrello has given $7 million in gifts to the research center both for training and high-tech equipment. He also gave over $170,000 to emergency response and public service providers during the hurricane Harvey rescues and cleanup.