Herman Upmann was a count of a well-known bank family in Germany. He lives for two things, the banking and cigars. In 1840 he opened a branch of his bank in Havana, but his real goal of moving towards Cuba is only 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 cigars factory in Havana until 1922, when both cases went bankrupt. The cigar factory and thus the H. Upmann brand are rescued by a British company named J. Frankau & Co. They run the cigars production until 1935. In that year, they sell the factory to the newly established Menendez y Garcia Company. They made the brand legendary.