The two extremities in Scotland and Cornwall were bought for pounds 6m as a private investment by Kevin Leech, a shy business angel who has turned a modest inheritance from his father's undertaking business into a fortune in three decades.
Mr Leech, whose biggest holdings are in the pharmaceutical and leisure industries, bought the plots from Gulf Resources Pacific, a New Zealand property company. They had previously been owned by Peter de Savary, the flamboyant entrepreneur.
Mr Leech, who lives in Jersey while remaining a loyal Manchester United supporter, said: "My aspiration for both these best-known British landmarks is to further raise the quality of the operations and increase the visitor's experience."
The two sites already have established tourist businesses, with a combined turnover of pounds 3.5m, and they employ 200 people. Land's End has 500,000 visitors each year and John o' Groats has 250,000.Reuse content