100 Most Influential People in Healthcare
Debra Cafaro, 59
Chairman and CEO, Ventas
- Compensation: $9,600,000 - according to 2016 Crain's Chicago Business
- Years on list: 4
Cafaro has served as CEO of Ventas, one of the nation's largest healthcare real estate investment trusts since 1999 and as board chair since 2003. She is largely credited with turning operations around, increasing market capitalization to about $26 billion last year. Ventas is focused on seniors in 2017, more specifically investing in the redevelopment of senior housing and capitalizing on the increasing convergence of senior living operators, healthcare providers and managed care companies. Ventas saw total shareholder returns of 16% in 2016.