Back in the early 1990s, Tony Petrello made a big career move for him. He was a partner at a New York City law firm at the time and in this role he had done some legal work for Nabors Industries. He did such a great job that Nabors Industries, operationally based in Houston, Texas, wanted him to work for them as one of their top executives. After discussing this change of industries and where they were living with his wife, Cynthia, he decided to accept the job offer. Before long he was the named as the chief executive officer of this firm and he and this company have been very successful.
Tony Petrello is also a philanthropist who has given a lot of money away over the years. One example of this took place after Hurricane Harvey had slammed into the greater Houston area causing widespread devastation. Nabors Industries was one of the first companies to respond to this disaster. Many employees took time off work to help out in their areas and Tony Petrello put out the word that they would receive full pay during this time. The employees spread out along the Gulf Coast helping out where they could. The also started to raise money which would be used to help people who suffered damages. The raised a total of $173,622 which he doubled by matching their contributions.
Over the years Nabor Industries has helped out several charities, both local ones as well as national ones. Some of these are Bike MS and the Susan G. Komen Foundation which is working to provide cures for breast cancer. He also set up Nabors Charitable Foundations which has supplied scholarships to many of the people working for his company as well as their children.
Tony Petrello is a graduate of Yale University. During his time there he formed a bond with Professor Serge Lang who served as a mentor for him. Professor Serge Lang was a well-known mathematician and writer who passed away. After attending his memorial service Tony Petrello made the decision to create an endowment fund named after Professor Lang. He funded it with $150,000 and after he created it many other Yale alumni chipped in money to this fund. As Tony Petrello found this encouraging he added another $150,000 to it. This money has since been used to help pay for the tuition costs for many students at this university.