Gallery: Murdoch turns 80

Rupert Murdoch, who turns 80 today, has no intention of slowing down any time soon.

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Not for him slippers and a quiet retreat after 60-years at the top table of the business media world.

Instead the octogenarian media mogul is on the cusp of sealing the biggest deal of his life as he prepares for a full takeover of BSKyB.

Should he complete the deal – and you'd be going against the run of play if you bet against him – he could fundamentally shift News Corporation's reliance on the cyclical advertising market by leveraging Sky's bundled media packages.

Born in 1931 in Melbourne, Australia, Murdoch started out in business at just 22, taking over the family newspaper business News Limited.

More than 50 years later, he has not lost the love of print media and in the intervening period has acquired newspapers across the globe.

In the UK, where Murdoch still rules the roost, his empire took root back in 1969 when he acquired The Sun, now the country's most popular daily, selling three million copies in January 2011. Twelve years later, he acquired The Times and The Sunday Times.

But Murdoch's UK newspapers are just part of a global empire, which today spans book publishing, TV, social media, film and entertainment.

Full ownership of BSKyB will complement a portfolio which to date includes  – along with UK papers – the New York Post, Fox News, Wall Street Journal, MySpace, The Daily, Harper Collins, 20th Century Fox, Sky Italia, Sky Deutschland and The Australian.