Many people who become great, often pick one path early in life and that is the path the commit to. This is not true with Tony Petrello. He was going down one path, took am immediate veer, and his life exploded with greatness and success.
Tony Petrello was originally going down the path of a mathematician, and in all honesty, he fit the part. Tony was tall, he was lanky, he was a know it all, he was a whiz kid, and in his spare time, he worked mathematics like most kids worked the latest video game.
When he attended Harvard, he was immediately noticed by Professor Serge Lang. Professor Lang had traveled the world and built a reputation as the world’s leading mathematician. In Tony Petrello, Lang saw somebody who could one day take his place and Lang began to mentor Petrello. Unfortunately, Petrello did not see himself as Lang’s mentee.
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Out of nowhere, Petrello left the field of Mathematics and pursued a justice degree at his alma mater Harvard. He graduated in the late 70’s and immediately picked up a job at Baker and McKenzie in 1979. This would be the start of Tony’s career which would lead to him dominating the corporate world.
Petrello would work for Baker and McKenzie for nine years before being promoted to a Managing Partner. They would then fly him out to their New York office where he would work for five years.
Petrello would then receive a lucrative offer from Nabors Industries Ltd. His career here began in 1991 as he served them faithfully as the Chief Operating Officer. Though he expected to stay in this role for some time, the board saw great potential in him. Just one year after being hired as the COO he was promoted by the Board to the President of the company. Again, he assumed he would be in this role for quite a while. However, he performed so far above expectations that he was promoted to the CEO in 1993. As CEO he would lead the company to record profits as the shares increased by 180%. Such an increase in stocks earned Petrello a compensation package of $15 million.
Rather than keeping the wealth for himself, Petrello would donate most of this money to the Texas Children’s Hospital Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute so they could research leukemia.
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