Tareq Dirgham Salahi (born May 26, 1968, in Washington, D.C.) is a former American vintner and former public official. He and his wife, Michaele, gained national attention in November 2009 by allegedly crashing a White House state dinner in honor of India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. In 2010, the couple were featured in the Bravo reality television show The Real Housewives of D.C.
Tareq Salahi's father, Dirgham Salahi was Palestinian and immigrated to the United States from Jerusalem, British Mandate of Palestine in the 1940s. His mother, Corinne, is from Belgium. Dirgham was educated as a petroleum geologist and worked in the Middle East and United States. He retired and settled in Virginia, where he became manager of an estate farm, which he subsequently bought. Corinne Salahi is the founder and director of the Montessori School of Alexandria, Virginia.
Tareq attended primary school at Ascension Academy in Alexandria, Virginia, and high school at the Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal, Virginia, where he graduated in 1987. He graduated from the University of California, Davis in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in oenology and business management. He met Michaele Holt at a 2000 baby shower thrown in McLean, Virginia,by real estate developer N. Casey Margenau and his wife Molly.