Tony Petrello is most famous for being the chief executive officer of Nabors Industries, the largest drilling conglomerate in North America. But many people are unaware of the fact that he is also a prominent donor to Texas Children’s Hospital, and he is a long-time supporter of medical research in the area of neurological disease.
Tony Petrillo’s daughter was born with a rare form of cerebral palsy called periventricular leukomalacia. This disease causes severe neurological abnormalities which interfere with everyday life. Tony and his wife, Cynthia, have long been keenly interested in supporting medical researchers’ efforts to find a cure for this devastating neurological disease. As part of this effort, they donated over $7 million to Texas Children’s Hospital and co-founded the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute, a subsidiary of the hospital and Tony’s lacrosse camp.
Despite all that he’s done for area hospitals and national neurological research in general, Petrello has a fundamentally humble outlook on life. When recently asked by a friend what he thought the most important element of his success had been, he replied simply that it had been luck. People who know him say that the man, who was widely regarded in his youth as a math prodigy, has always shown great humility and has never had tendencies towards belittling those from a lower socioeconomic stratum than his own and Tony’s Facebook.
Both Petrello and his wife plan on continuing to maintain an active role in the medical research community in his hometown of Houston. They continue to donate to many charitable causes and serve the community in a variety of capacities.