amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

Michael J. Klingensmith


Joined the amfAR board in October 1994. Chairs finance and budget and investment committees. Serves on executive and on compensation and organizational development committees. Expertise in finance, marketing, and publishing. On World AIDS Day 1992, Entertainment Weekly (of which he is founding publisher) received an amfAR Award of Courage for “its example of outstanding and generous corporate well as for its great contribution to enhanced AIDS awareness in the American public.”

Mr. Klingensmith became publisher of Minneapolis’s Star Tribune in 2010. Before then he held a variety of marketing and financial positions with Time Inc. over a 30-year period, including president of Sports Illustrated; president of Entertainment Weekly; and chief financial officer of what was then the Time Inc. Magazine Company. At the time of his retirement in December 2007, he had been executive vice president of Time Inc. since 2001, overseeing most of the corporate groups, including strategic planning, law, production, and information technology.

A Minneapolis native, Mr. Klingensmith received both undergraduate and graduate (M.B.A.) degrees from the University of Chicago and is now a trustee of the university. In addition to serving on amfAR’s board, he is on the board of the YMCA of Metropolitan Minneapolis, Minnesota Orchestra, Macalester College, and Newspaper Association of America.

He and his wife, Ruth, have two children and live in Minneapolis.