How many CCIEs are in the world ? Since Cisco is now not publish these stats at regularly (as they did in the past) It is very hard to find accurate answer to this.
But by looking at the CCIE number of a recently passed candidate we can estimate around 38k have achieved this prestigious certification as of late 2012. But out of them certain % of people let their CCIE status made inactive without re-certifying their CCIE.(To make your status active you have to re certify every two year by taking the CCIE written exam)
When I search for this statistics recently, I found the below update as of Jan 2012. It shows how many active CCIE count in the world. You can find more about from here : http://www.bradreese.com/blog/2-15-2012.pdf. (original information came from Cisco during CiscoLive 2012 – London event)
Also you can find more analytical statistics from the below blog posts.
There are less than 100 people certified as Wireless CCIE in the world as of Jan 2012 (I would imagine it is around 150-200 now, but no official information). This is after 3 years of time introducing this CCIE wireless track & it shows how hard to become a CCIE wireless.
Again these low numbers keep me motivate to achieve this certification knowing it is a real challenge for me.
How about you ? Be focus & Keep studying.
Update as of 27th June 2013.
Cisco has given an updated figure during one of CiscoLive US -2013 presentation. Interestingly as per this wireless CCIE count has dropped which I could not believe.