Bill Liao (born William Fu Wei Liao, 1967), co-founder of the social network service XING, is an Australian entrepreneur and philanthropist who has participated seven IPO's. He is also CEO of Finaxis AG, a privately held company in the financial services industry.
Liao is a social networking pioneer, Author and philanthropist. Among his philanthropic endeavors is his participation as an investor and volunteer in The Hunger Project in Uganda, New York and Mexico.
Liao is presently focused on launching a global citizenship initiative entitled The Declaration of Earth Citizenship.
Liao has also been appointed as a special diplomatic envoy for St Kitts and Nevis for sustainable development and the environment. Liao has contributed to the St Kitts and Nevis recovery fund for the sugar cane industry there.
Liao is also a regular attendee at the TED conferences and also the World Economic Forum New Champions conference.
On a cold night a storyteller who knew the limitless power of words visited a famine-Stricken village and, finding no fireside for a fable, began boiling a stone in a big pot in sight of everyone. One by one the curious villagers were encouraged to join in the feast of Stone Soup and one by one they believed in and contributed to the feast that inevitably resulted...