Ernesto Perez-Carrillo

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Ernesto Perez-Carrillo Jr.
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Ernesto in Miami in 2009
BornNovember 1951
Occupationcigar manufacturer
Known forPrior co-owner/ La Gloria Cubana and Co-Founder of EPC Cigar Co. LLC
WebsiteEPC Cigar

Ernesto Perez-Carrillo Jr. (born 1952), is a Cuban American master cigar maker [1] who resides in Coral Gables and the Dominican Republic.


Ernesto founded the El Credito Cigar Company in Miami, which produces La Gloria Cubana and El Rico Habano cigars.[2] A few years ago Ernesto, together with his business partner, his daughter Lissette McPhillips, sold the cigar business to Swedish Match, which has annual revenues of approximately $1.5 billion, but Ernesto continues to manage the company and oversee production.[3] Ernesto recently created the La Gloria Cubana Series R cigar, which has fast become one of the most respected cigars in the United States.[4] Ernesto departed Swedish Match to start a new company with his daughter, Lissette McPhillips Perez-Carrillo, and his son, Ernie, named EPC Cigar Company LLC.[5]

Marriage and children[edit]

Ernesto learned the trade from his father. He has two children. Prior to joining EPC Cigar Co., his son Ernesto Perez-Carrillo III worked for Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and McKinsey & Company in New York City. His daughter Lissette McPhillips Perez-Carrillo worked for Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.