Asian Philanthropy News Digest 09/20/2011

The Key to Ireland Being Europe’s Silicon Valley. Article featuring entrepreneur and philanthropist, Bill Liao, an Australian of Chinese descent. Liao co-founded Open Business Club as a platform for business professionals. It was renamed XING in 2006 and became one of the first Web 2.0 companies to go public. Liao is noted for his philanthropic endeavours and is a driving force for a number of environmental and humanitarian causes, including for planting 20m sq kilometres of new trees by 2020, and has volunteered for The Hunger Project in Uganda, New York and Mexico.

* Some Fearful China Billionaires Steer Clear of Rich Lists. Forbes says that a number of growing Chinese are avoiding publicity for their wealth.  Why? Fears of official scrutiny and the huge gap between the rich and poor in China. Forbes says that a number of folks have asked to not be listed on the rich list. Could it be that even their philanthropy will be anonymous? If so, could philanthropic advisors have an opportunity here to add value and be good gate-keepers?

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