In an article for The Daily Beast, Lloyd Grove talked about his former roommate, Anthony Petrello. Grove surmised that he never would earn a ton of money; because he was content as a “broke” writer. A moniker that suited him perfectly, due to his lack of ambitions; until he saw the Associated Press’s rankings and recognized the name at the top.
Seeing Anthony “Tony” Petrello at the No.1 spot filled him with envy and an unexplained depression settled upon him. So, he read it again, for the previous year, his former roommate made an astonishing $68.2 million. He started thinking about his own life as a series of wrong turns, and labeled the person he lived with freshman year an “Oligarch.” Oligarch is a Russian term for a very wealthy businessman.
Lloyd Grove recalled Tony as the typical “loud mouth” Italian kid, on a scholarship. After college, he lost contact and on a whim after reading the article, contacted Tony Petrello’s secretary. Grove wanted to discuss their individual career paths, but couldn’t reach him. Tony Petrello replied with a short email saying that in his life he had been incredibly “lucky.”
Tony Petrello attended Yale University where he earned an undergraduate and graduate degree; later receiving his Juris Doctor Degree from Harvard Law School. In his personal life, philanthropy has always played a central role. However, after having a daughter diagnosed with cerebral palsy, he got even more involved, providing $7 million in gift funding to create a research division at Texas Children’s Hospital.