Tasneem Karriem. Picture: SUPPLIED
Tasneem Karriem. Picture: SUPPLIED

We question Tasneem Karriem, CEO of Grand Parade Investments.

What’s the most interesting thing about you that people don’t know?

I love cooking and once considered entering Master Chef.

What is your biggest regret?

Not always listening to my instincts.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

"Nelson Mandela, for his will and determination to fight for what he believed in.

What was your first job?

I was a store Store assistant at a men’s apparel store when I was about 18.

What are you reading at the moment? What's the one book everyone should read before they die? 

Nothing at the moment, but I have "Lean In, by- Sheryl Sandberg," on my to-do list! Every woman should read Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office," by Louis Lois Frankel.

What’s your biggest indulgence?


Which phrase or word do you most overuse?

‘Let’s do this!

Is there such a thing as ""enough money"", and, if so, how much is it?

It’s all relative.How do you deal with stress?

I take it in my stride, and manage those things I can control and let go of those I can’t, it. It is what it is.

Who is your favourite hero of fiction?

Batman —– he never dies!

What’s the worst airport you’ve been in?

Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris.

What talent would you most like to have?

Fortune telling.

What is the one investment you wish you had made, or made earlier?


On what occasions do you lie?

What’s the point in of lying? Karma finds its way to you eventually. Take it on the chin and get on with it.

Nominate your eighth wonder of the world.

My mother. She is a true motivator and a true inspiration.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?


When and where were are you happiest?

Spending times with my best friend — my husband — and my twin boys.

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