Larry A. Mizel graduated with a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Oklahoma in 1964, and with a JD from the University of Denver – College of Law in 1967.
In 1972, Mr. Mizel founded M.D.C. Holdings, Inc. (MDC), one of the nation's top homebuilders and a New York Stock Exchange-listed company. He serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MDC, parent-corporation of Richmond American Homes.
Mr. Mizel was a founder, and until 1996, Chairman of the Board of Asset Investors Corporation (AIC), a New York Stock Exchange-listed real estate investment trust, and of Commercial Assets Inc. (CAX), a real estate investment trust that traded on the American Stock Exchange. In addition, he was Chairman of the Board of Directors of Omnibank, a multibank holding company, until its sale to KeyCorp in 1995.
Mr. Mizel has been actively involved in many charitable, religious and community causes, to include: The Council on Foreign Relations, the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Museum of Tolerance, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Colorado Concern, the Mizel Museum, the Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab (The CELL), the Mizel Arts and Culture Center (The MACC), the Denver Rustlers, National Jewish Health, the Allied Jewish Federation, the National Homeland Defense Foundation, the El Pomar Foundation, the Milken Institute and the Colorado State Patrol.
Larry Mizel and his wife Carol reside in Denver and have two grown children and five grandchildren.