Is the word in bold correct? If it is not, which word fits better?
Today, English is used by at least 750 million people. Some estimates have put the total at 1 billion. Despite the total, English is more widely scattered, more widely spoken and written, than any other language has ever been.
I don't think "despite" is the best word. I think something like "regardless of" would be the best match, but these are 2 words, and I am only allowed to use one.