Anthony Petrello competed with some of the best scholars in the world as his Yale classmates. Going to Yale on a scholarship was a significant event for Petrello and his family who may not have been able to afford the tuition. Petrello excelled as a mathematical scholar and assisted Serge Lang with number theory. Later on, his interests expanded into the human sciences, so he decided to study at Harvard Law School. Petrello has created many jobs in the oil industry. He is the CEO of Nabors Industries which owns 1,050 rigs which employ more than 100,000 workers.
Broadway celebrity Tommy Tune stopped by to visit Petrello and his wife Cynthia at their cocktail party. Scott Graham of the DIVISI strings quartet and piano player provided music for the event. Cocktails and appetizers came from City Kitchen.
Cynthia and Anthony Petrello began their philanthropic endeavors to the scientific community after having a premature baby. The couple has pledged at least 7 million dollars towards medical research. Their daughter weighed 20 ounces and was born at 24 weeks. Their young daughter received a diagnosis of periventricular leukomalacia. Tony and Cynthia helped establish the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute, the first of its kind with an emphasis on children.
Petrello’s previous professor and physicist Serge Lang passed away at the age of 78. Since his passing, Petrello announced that he would establish an endowment fund in Lange’s memory. Petrello pledged $150,000 to initiate the fund. He mentioned that he plans to match additional donations with $150,000.
The Texas Children’s Hospital Neurological Research Center was the beneficiary of Petrello’s funding. The Center assists children with severe impairments and needs. Petrello is also a board member of the Board of Trustees at the hospital. Petrello and Cynthia often speak at events to the parents of children with neurological disorders.