This article is from the alt.usage.english FAQ, by Mark Israel email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
From the Encyclopaedia Britannica 1995 yearbook, Bob Cunningham
estimated the number of mother-tongue English-speakers in the world
at 326,652,000, of whom 69% live in the United States.
Information on the distribution of English-speakers throughout
the world can be found at:
and in the CIA World Fact Book: