Lloyd Grove had a college roommate like any other person who had the chance to face the college door. As he claims, he was never interested to know who gets listed on the multi-billionaires list or who doesn’t, in fact, he was never planning to look for so much money in his life. He didn’t know much about business and industry on FuelFix.com either but there was this one list that made him get lost in thoughts of hopelessness thinking he has made the wrong choices in life.
And alas! The list was released filling him with envy, his college roommate; Anthony Petrello was at the topped the highest paid people with $68.2 million total compensation last year alone. He rushed to the website of Nabor Industries because this is the company that Anthony G. Petrello was working as the Chief Executive Officer. He wanted to believe that it was him and yes he found that he is the chairman and the CEO of the largest and leading gas-drilling contractor and land-based oil company in the world. And although he had seen other great people achieve a lot, and also others doing worse than him the news about Anthony G. Petrello were a bit cruel to him. He started recalling this lucky man he would like to meet one day.
Anthony G. Petrello was a once skinny scholarship kid on Equilar in a public school and with a Jersey accent very keen with his character that stood out among all other students. He was a friendly man whose love for pizza couldn’t go unnoticed in the dining hall, well not necessarily a pizza but a soggy English muffin with some Cheese slice additions. Mealtime was a happy time for him and his classmates. He had a role model who was a renowned guy in mathematics, Prof. Serge Lang and he inspired Tony to be a mathematician, but since he died in 2005, Tony went to a law school instead.
Lloyd says he lost touch with Tony long time ago. “He seems to have spent his 1980s thriving in a corporate practice for a white-shoe law firm in Manhattan, Baker & McKenzie,” Lloyd narrates.
He believes Tony must have been spotted in this law firm by one of his clients, Nabor Industries in Houston. Anthony Petrello was appointed the president and the chief operating officer of this company in 1991, and he became the supreme controller of the company in the year 2011.
He also gathered some personal life, and he realized that Tony married Cynthia Carrafa, his college girlfriend who is a soap opera actress as well as a producer. They started a family and were blessed with a daughter Carena who was born prematurely leading to developing cerebral palsy. Moved by their daughter’s illness, they became philanthropic donating $7 million to a fundraising aimed to boost neurological research Center at a Texas Children’s Hospital.
Lloyd wanted to meet his long time college mate who he would have described as an all-rounded-person in success. And even if he didn’t manage to talk to him then, he still appreciated that Tony wrote him a mail and he concluded that everyone could be smart or lucky in life and to him, lucky is better.
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