Tony Petrello is the current CEO of Nabors Industries, one of the nation’s largest oil services providers. Since 1991, Petrello has led the firm from near and insolvency to become America’s single largest operator of on-land drilling site. Through his vision and strong leadership, Tony Petrello has delivered on the promise to make his company among the most competitive in the world.
After graduating high school with nearly a perfect 4.0, Petrello was accepted to Yale on a scholarship. There, he became quickly known as a prodigy, studying under famed mathematics professor Serge Lange. Petrello quickly made his way through the Yale course work, receiving a master’s in mathematics within just a few years. However, many of his professors were disappointed when he announced his decision to pursue law rather than a career in academics.
The decision to pursue a career in law and business was primarily motivated by an uncertain economic outlook for somebody of his intellect who chose to pursue mathematics as a career. At Harvard, Petrello excelled as he had at Yale. He graduated in the top of his class and was quickly noticed by a large number of employers. With one of the most prestigious law degrees possible in the United States, the young Petrello had his pick of the litter as far as employment was concerned.
He went to work for Baker McKenzie, one of the most prominent law firms in the world. There, he worked on a number of complex tax cases as well as corporate restructuring. This gave him his start in business.