Anthony Petrello, the CEO and Chairman of Nabors Industries has been characterized in many different ways, many of which have not been entirely true. It is true that he is a very tough dealmaker given that Nabors operates in a very competitive industry, but he also has a very soft side to him that those who know him well can testify to.
Anthony Petrello is the husband of Cynthia Petrello and the father of a little girl named Carena who he loves very dearly.
When Carena was born, she had a condition known as periventricular leukomalacia that affects the brain of infants and often causes permanent disability. In Carena’s case after the PV had passed, she was diagnosed with cerebral palsy which has since largely confined her to a wheelchair and the need for a feeding tube. The hardest thing for the Petrellos was having the money to consult with the top physicians in the US but having no treatment to be able to give Carena.
Carena’s situation did drive Anthony and Cynthia Petrello to be a part of something else though. They went to the Texas Children’s Hospital in the greater Houston area and started a friendship with Dan and Jan Duncan, the founding trustees of the Duncan Neurological Research Institute at that hospital. The Petrellos saw the dedication of the Duncans and the research facility medical technicians to work towards cures for conditions like Carena’s, and in order to help the endeavor they gave a gift of $7 million. Neurological research has become Anthony Petrello’s chief philanthropy and he is urging many other business executives to join him.
Learn more about Tony Petrello at https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424127887324392804578358772612205556