Lloyd Grove knew Tony Petrello when he was just 18 yr old. Now Tony is the Chairman and Chief Executive of Nabors. He was Lloyd’s freshman-year roommate.
At that time, Tony Petrello was skinny and having a public-school scholarship. He came from working-class Newark. He had a thick Jersey accent and was an extrovert.
Tony Petrello was the smart math whiz. He was always scribbling proofs of various theorems on napkins. In fact, he was a genius at age 18. But he opted for law school rather than being a brilliant academic who would have done groundbreaking work in the mathematics field.
Then Lloyd Grove lost touch with him. Tony Petrello spent the 80s in a corporate practice for a law firm, Baker & McKenzie. He was based in Manhattan. Then he received a job offer from Nabors Industries. This was one of the firm’s clients. This job was based in Houston. In 1991, he became its President as well as Chief Operating Officer in 1991. He was running the company by 2011 and getting richer.
During that time, Tony Petrello married Cynthia Carrafa. She is a soap-opera actress as well as producer. She was his college girlfriend too. They started a family. This was when they became involved in philanthropy too.
Tony Petrello donated $7 million as seed funding for the Texas Children’s Hospital. This was for their neurological department. His daughter, Carena, was born prematurely and developed cerebral palsy. When Lloyd tried to contact him, Tony Petrello immediately responded back through e-mail.