The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale is named for him. The Painter Michael Shane Neal has painted his portrait. In 2002, he received an honorary doctorate from Montana State University-Bozeman. He is an Executive Fellow and Teacher at the University of St. Thomas Graduate School of Business in Minnesota.
He is married to Betty MacMillan, and they have two children. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As of August 2014, he was worth an estimated US$4.8 billion.
He has served on the Board of Directors of the International Peace Institute, the Salzburg Global Seminar, the Rural Development Institute, the Trilateral Commission, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, the Ruckelshaus Institute, the Burton K. Wheeler Center for Public Policy in Bozeman, Montana and Yale University's President’s Council on International Activities. He serves on the National Advisory Board of the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, MT. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources, the EastWest Institute, Care International, Mayo Clinic and the Council on Foreign Relations.