100 Most Influential People in Healthcare
Cecile Richards, 59
President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
- Compensation: $590,928 - according to 2014 IRS Form 990
- Years on list: 2
As president of Planned Parenthood, Richards has continued to defend the organization's practices amid regular GOP efforts to pull funding as well as the release of undercover videos edited to make it appear as though officials were profiting from the sale of fetal tissue. Democrats blocked Republican maneuvers to eliminate federal funding for the group, which receives about one-third of its annual revenue in government funds primarily through treating low-income patients, but the issue could return.