Tony Petrello: Philanthropy Inspired By Personal Adversity

For Tony Petrello and his wife Cynthia, an actress, their engagement in philanthropic activities is inspired by personal adversity. Since the birth of their daughter, Carena, they have developed a closer tie with the philanthropy especially the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute (NRI). Dedicated to spearheading research in genetic causes of neurological disorders such as epilepsy in children and adults, the Texas Children’s Hospital-based research institute is a beneficiary of the couple’s philanthropic donation. They donated $5 million to aid the institute’s research into periventricular leukomalacia (PVL) including its causes and cure. The couple’s daughter was born prematurely at 24 weeks with the condition. The current chairman, chief executive officer and president of Nabors Industries believes that their donations and fundraising efforts can bring hope to other children suffering from such conditions in the future.

Dedication to Giving Back to the Community

For many residents of Houston, Texas, Tony Petrello and Nabors Industries represent more than just a corporate entity growing exponentially within their midst. Petrello led the company’s employees in one of the impactful charitable undertakings in the community in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Founded on a longstanding culture of philanthropy at Nabors Industries, the employees including Tony Petrello donated thousands of dollars to help in resettling the victims of the hurricane. They also prepared hot meals for the survivors and served them in their temporary shelters while also leading resettlement and clearing of debris efforts. The employees have also established a charitable organization where they donate funds to help various causes in the community.

Petrello has continued to explore various ways to give back to the community. The Petrello family established the charitable organization, Petrello Family Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting various causes in the Greater Houston Area including education, performed arts and medical research. In February 2018, the couple welcomed a fellow philanthropist to their home. Together with his, Petrello hosted Tommy Tune, an acclaimed Broadway performer dedicated to nurturing music talents in his home city of Houston. The legendary musician established the Tommy Tunes awards targeting music students with exceptional talent. Over 50 other guests accompanied tune during the special occasion.

Education Background

Tony Petrello developed a strong interest in Mathematics from an early age. This saw him earn a scholarship to study at some of the world’s most prestigious learning institutions. Tony is an alumnus of Yale University where he specialized in Mathematics for his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees. He later graduated from Harvard Law School with a Juris Doctor degree.