Tony Petrello’s Old Roommate Reveals His Feelings
Lloyd Grove is a journalist for the Daily Beast. In a recent article, he explained how the annual list of the top paid CEOs in the country shocked him and made him rethink his life choices.
He saw someone on that list that he thought he knew. The name rang a bell. That name was Anthony Petrello, who is the CEO of Nabors Industries. Nabors Industries is the largest oil and gas drilling contractor for land based drilling in the world. After doing some additional research on this Tony Petrello and his company, Nabors Industries, Grove realized that he did indeed know the man. He realized that he last saw the man during their college reunion tens of years ago.
Now, this is not the first time that he saw an old friend of his become very successful, more successful than he was. He had many friends and people he knew who became more successful than him, such as the one who became a state attorney general, the ones who became famous authors, the ones who became wealthy executives, and so on. So what was different about Tony Petrello?
Tony, you see, was the guy who came from a working class Italian American family. At Yale University at the time, most of the students came from upper class white families, so he stood out, in a way. He was also known at the time as a math whiz. He became the student of the world renowned mathematician, Serge Lang, when he was only eighteen years old. In addition, Tony Petrello was his roommate. He knew him very well. He was close to him. He remembered how he used to laugh at lunch and tell funny jokes. He lost touch with him over the years. Now he read that Tony became a successful lawyer, and that he later moved on to become the CEO of one of the largest companies in the United States. Not only that, but he and his wife became very well known philanthropists, donating millions of dollars to help out children with neurological conditions.
After reading all of that, Lloyd Grove decided that he could not resist getting in touch with his old pal, so he placed a call to Nabors Industries. He wanted to ask Tony what he did wrong and how he can become successful himself, after all those years. He wanted reassurance, because he was feeling rather dejected and regretful of his life decisions. Tony was not in, but he sent him an email that made him feel better. Tony made him feel better by explaining that his success was due to his good luck and his good fortune.
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