How many Chinese speakers are there in the world?

The population of the Chinese still grows like any other so the number will increase often.

Of the population (1.3 Billion) all speak Mandarin as a "lingua franca" with other Chinese dialects as their mother tongue. There are, in addition, speakers of Cantonese and other dialects throughout the world

About one-fifth of the world's population, approximately 1.3 billion people, speak some form of Chinese fluently.