Top 25 Women Leaders
Debra Cafaro, 53
Over the past 12 years, Chair and CEO Debra Cafaro has grown Ventas into a top performer and raised the profile of healthcare REITs. An attorney, Cafaro, 53, was previously president of Ambassador Apartments, a multifamily REIT. Upon joining Ventas, she restructured the company and embarked on a series of acquisitions that have translated to an equity market capitalization today of nearly 8.5 billion and a portfolio of more than 600 properties--including senior housing, medical office buildings, long-term acute-care hospitals and skilled-nursing facilities.