Tony Petrello has had a career that few people can achieve. In 2014 and 2015 Petrello was one of the highest paid CEOs in the world. Tony credits his achievements to consistent hard work, thinking outside the box and natural gifts such as intelligence.
Petrello’s success was not handed to him. He did not come from a wealthy family with a trust fund and world class tutors. He grew up in Newark New Jersey in a predominantly Italian neighborhood. He attended public schools where he was famous in New Jersey for his genius math abilities. Newark also imparted something else that has helped Petrello become who he is today, hard work. In Newark, there is a strong work culture, where all members of the community come together for the common good. Honesty is valued and lying is shunned. The community in Newark helped instill the values of hard work, integrity and honor in Petrello. Petrello’s upbringing helped Petrello to understand one of the most basic facts of life, there are no shortcuts to becoming successful.
As soon as Petrello learned how to read, he became a voracious reader. He studied advanced academic books for several hours a day and he had already mastered differential calculus before entering high school. Petrello’s drive and academic prowess did not go unnoticed. By the time he was finishing high school, Petrello had a full scholarship from Yale.
At Yale Petrello continued to work hard and impress his peers. Serge Lang, a renowned mathematician, recognized Petrello’s brilliance and took him under his wing. Petrello assisted Lang in his research work for number theory. By the time Petrello was in his freshman year he was working on advanced proofs and complex theorems that are at masters or PhD level.
During his studies at Yale, something changed in Petrello. He switched from mathematics and hard sciences to social sciences. He decided not to become a mathematician and he transferred to Harvard Law School. This was not unexpected as Petrello is polymath who is interested in various challenging subjects.
After finishing college and doing his postgraduate studies, Petrello married his college sweetheart. He then worked in a variety of jobs across different industries. He then joined his current employer Nabors industry where he rose through the ranks for 30 years before ultimately becoming the CEO. Nabors in an S&P 500 company that is in the oil and gas industry. It specializes in drilling gas, oil and geothermal wells. Petrello’s title as highest paid CEO in 2014 is well earned because 80 percent of his remuneration at Nabors is based the company’s performance. Petrello does not hoard his well-earned wealth. He has set up a foundation with his wife that donates millions of dollars to different charities each year.
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