Mohammad and Jalal Farzaneh moved to the United States in 1978 and made Oklahoma their new home. Both Jalal and Mohammad received their bachelor and Master of Architecture from the University of Oklahoma; they serve on the Board of Visitors at the OU College of International Studies. In 1981, the brothers started their homebuilding company Home Creations, now Oklahoma’s largest homebuilding company.
Jalal and Mohammad have a vision to make Oklahoma the premier place for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies. They started by endowing a chair, a professorship and a Farsi instructorship at the University of Oklahoma, and recently endowed a chair and four professorships at Oklahoma State University. The brothers endowed five annual scholarships for Iranian students at the University of Central Oklahoma. The Farzanehs help many charities including the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, American Cancer Association, Center for Children and Families, Habitat for Humanity and many other organizations. Jalal is a Paul Harris fellow.
Jalal is on the board of Mercy Hospital West, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club of Oklahoma City and has served on other non-profit organizations.
Jalal been married to his wife Azam for 36 years and they have two boys: Ali, 33, a Ph.D candidate in Architecture from London AA School of Architecture and Hossein, 31, a local attorney.