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Denver-based MDC, now one of the largest homebuilders in the U.S.

In 2016, the company rode a red-hot housing market to a 29 percent uptick in home sales revenue


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LARRY MIZEL, 74

Chairman and CEO, MDC Holdings

Mizel started Mizel Development Corp. (MDC) with $50,000 in 1972 and grew it into a real estate empire. The parent of Richmond American Homes, Denver-based MDC is now one of the largest homebuilders in the country. In 2016, the company rode a red-hot housing market to a 29 percent uptick in home sales revenue to $716 million.

Mizel has balanced his professional life with philanthropy, and is chairman of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, which fights racism, anti-Semitism and intolerance worldwide. He founded the Mizel Museum to showcase Jewish history and foster cross-cultural understanding in 1982. 

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Eric Peterson

Denver-based writer Eric Peterson is the author of Frommer's Colorado, Frommer's Montana & Wyoming, Frommer's Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks and the Ramble series of guidebooks, featuring first-person travelogues covering everything from atomic landmarks in New Mexico to celebrity gone wrong in Hollywood. Peterson has also recently written about backpacking in Yosemite, cross-country skiing in Yellowstone and downhill skiing in Colorado for such publications as Denver's Westword and The New York Daily News. He can be reached at Eptcb126@msn.com

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