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Tesla's Musk lost US$779m in a day, but faces bigger threat from SolarCity merger

Mr Musk has a high tolerance for risk. He poured the US$180 million he made from the 2002 sale of PayPal into Tesla and SpaceX.

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ELON Musk has a lot riding on his plan to merge Tesla Motors Inc with SolarCity Corp - including a big chunk of his US$8.3 billion fortune.

He may be better off just giving up on the debt-ridden solar-panel installer and focusing on turning Tesla into a