Momofuku Ando was born on March 5, 1910, in Kagi-cho, Taiwan.
Momofuku Ando was brought up by his grandparents due to the early death of both of his parents. His grandparents owned a textile business. They helped their grandson open his own apparel business while he studies economics in Japan at Ritsumeikan University as a student 1933.
He started his textile company in Daitotei (Taipei) at the age of twenty-two.
After the Second World War he became a Japanese citizen. His original Chinese name of Go Pek-Hok was changed to the Japanese name of Momofuku and the Japanese surname Ando was added to it.