Anthony Petrello and his wife, Cynthia, were both at the height of their careers when their daughter, Carena Francesca was born in 1997. As an infant, Carena was suffering from periventricular leukomalacia (PVL), a condition that brought complications to her heart and sight. Doctors at Houston Women’s Hospital did their best to save Carena’s heart and sight, but she ended up developing another condition, cerebral palsy.
The Petrellos’ experience with their daughter changed their perception of life. Anthony, a mathematician by training, set out to research on how neurological diseases in children could be treated. To his shock, he found out that not only were doctors naïve about the diseases, but they were also not researching about them. Anthony Petrello was ready to support any institution that was willing to explore the causes of neurological diseases in children. In 2006, he donated $7 million to Texas Children’s Hospital for their dedication to the research.
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The Petrellos and the Duncans
In their quest for finding a solution to neurological diseases in children, the Petrellos met the then chairman of Enterprise Products, Dan Duncan. Dan, together with his wife, Jan, had a philanthropic history in Houston. The two families collaborated to donate hundreds of millions of dollars to cancer and neurological research institutions. Among the beneficiaries of these donations is the Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute.
Work and Education History
Anthony G. Petrello, President of Nabors Industries, is an Italian-American lawyer and businessman. He studied law at Harvard University and Mathematics from recognized Yale University. Tony has worked with Nabors since 1991 where he has served as COO, vice chairman, chairman, president, and CEO.
Word from Tony’s College Roomie
According to Lloyd Grove, Tony’s college roommate, Tony’s intelligence started when still in college. Lloyd described Tony as a mathematics genius with a good sense of humor, who could even joke about his family background. He revealed that Tony had joined college under public-school scholarship.