Even though Broadway star Tommy Tune has spent much of his professional career up in New York, he’s still very popular in his hometown of Houston, TX. He was given a warm welcome home when upon the announcement of a performance at the Miller Outdoor Theatre, and the reception was hosted by Houston oil magnate Tony Petrello, the Chairman of Nabors Industries. Petrello has been a fan of Broadway performances having grown up in Newark, NJ near the Broadway scene, and Tune was honored to visit with Petrello and his family at their beautiful Houston home. Both men have been involved in philanthropy in their communities with Petrello extending his hand to numerous charities.
Tony Petrello is a graduate of Yale University with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in advanced mathematics, and while he was there most people thought he would become a mathematics professor like his mentor Serge Lange. But instead he went on to complete law school and decided to help clients with tax and overseas accounts management as an associate and later partner at Baker & McKenzie. Petrello passed the bar exam and became quite a reputable lawyer at the firm, and it was Nabors Industries who he closely guided on accounts management that they reached out and offered him the position of Chief Operating Officer. So in 1991 he left the familiar northeast corner and headed down to Houston.
Petrello served as Chief Operating Officer for 21 years, and in 2011 took over as CEO and Chairman of Nabors. Through various shareholder negotiations and heated meetings, there was an agreement to change things in Nabors governance that paid out Petrello additional bonuses making his compensation for 2013 $68.7 million and earning him recognition as the highest-paid CEO of that year, a feat that’s not since been repeated by him. Throughout his time at Nabors Industries, he’s built up a large portfolio of advanced offshore and modular drilling technology.
Anthony Petrello is the father of a young girl named Carena, and due to premature birth and an illness she suffered, she’s had to struggle with cerebral palsy. It took a tremendous toll on Petrello personally when he learned of the struggles his daughter would always face, but he decided to dedicate his resources to helping her and other children like her. So he became familiar with the Texas Children’s Hospital’s Dan and Jan Duncan Neurological Research Institute and decided to help them out. Through a fundraising party he hosted, Petrello dedicated $7 million to funding new research technology.
The DeVos is a popular family in the United States. The family of Dick DeVos and Betsy DeVos have been engaged in philanthropic work for a long time. The family has a family foundation that was established with the intention of supporting various initiatives that of concern to the family. The foundation is called Dick and Betsy Foundation. It is one of the least in the country. It isolated among the top 25 largest foundations in the United States. With a contribution $139 million to charity work, the organization is one of the best in the country. Dick DeVos who is an extremely wealth personality in the united states is committed to making changes the community in Michigan by making sure that he supports initiatives that matter to the people there.
The DeVos has been an advocate for educational reforms for a long time. The initiatives which have been supported by Dick and Betsy DeVos is a very noble idea. Educational reforms that the couple has been highlighting has been one that needs children from poor families to be given equal access to same quality education just like anyone else from a well-off family.
The education reforms that the family has been pushing are supposed to make access to good education a guarantee for everyone. The family has the family foundation been giving out a huge number of scholarships to children from poor backgrounds. Sponsored students are taken to schools where the quality of education is good.
The couple has not stopped there, in their bid to have the educational reforms in the country. In Michigan, the couple is sponsoring the creation of an aviation college in the area. This aviation college has been provided with a plane that will be used in learning practices. Dick and Betsy have been able to bring prominent personalities in the country in fundraisers if this school. Personalities such as George Bush have attended.
Dick DeVos has another side of him. He is an accomplished entrepreneur. As an entrepreneur. He has many business organizations that he has established. Dick who was born in 1955 has managed to generate a lot of wealth from the business organization that his family earns. He has been in the business for a long time. He started his job at Amway. This is a corporation that he served as the Vice President in charge of operations. He served for four years before he quit to start his private businesses.
The dedication of the DeVos towards philanthropic work shall always remain remarkable to the people of the United States.
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