Turi Josefsen

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Turi Josefsen (born 1936 in Hammerfest, Norway) is a Norwegian-American businesswoman. She was Vice-President of United States Surgical Corporation (USSC) (headed by her ex-husband, Leon C Hirsch), and CEO of the European division, Auto Suture Europe. In the early 1990s she was the highest-paid woman in corporate America[1] and at one time reportedly the world's highest paid woman CEO. After USSC was taken over by Tyco International she joined the board of WebSurg S.A., a pioneering online surgical training programme.

Josefsen was born in Hammerfest and has invested considerably in the area, including part-funding a new equestrian centre in 2003. She published a book and commissioned a film about the region.[2]

Josefsen has endowed fellowships and chairs in surgery, including a Chair of Surgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).


  1. ^ Luttwak, Edward N. (1994-09-07). Endangered American Dream. Simon and Schuster. pp. 169–. ISBN 978-0-671-89667-6. Retrieved 23 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Schedule Norway's most expensive film" NRK. Retrieved 2017-09-30.