Herman Upmann was a descendant of a well-known bankers family from Germany. He had a passion for two things in his life, banking and cigars. In 1840 he opened a branch of his bank in Havana, but he had a goal of moving to Cuba which he realized four years later. In 1844, he invested in a cigar factory and the brand H. Upmann was born. He led both the bank and the cigar factory in Havana until 1922, when both cases went bankrupt. The cigar factory and thus the H. Upmann brand is rescued by a British company named J. Frankau & Co. They ran the cigar production until 1935. In that year, the factory was sold to the newly established Menendez y Garcia Company. They made the brand legendary.